Discursive governance over pro-population politics in Turkey

Ezgi Pehlivanli-Kadayifci, Hande Eslen-Ziya, Umut Korkut

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Discursive governance of pro-population politics refers to norm-based mechanisms of governance that utilise intentionally selected slogans in political discourse for dissemination of ideas to further the interests of political authorities. Such ideas can be disseminated via modern communication technologies enabling governance to build social representations within the public sphere without policy constraints. It is our proposal that the pro-population state discourse in Turkey after 2008 constitutes an example of discursive governance. Our findings show that discursive mechanisms can lead to a change in married couples’ reproductive attitude without significant policy alteration and further the debate in view of discursive governance of population politics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-283
Number of pages40
JournalSosyoloji Arastirmalari Dergisi
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2020


  • discursive governance, pro-population politics, women, behavior change, Turkey


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