Satisfaction with democracy in Turkey: findings from a national survey

Sema Akboga*, Osman Sahin

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Abstract

A variety of factors affect citizens’ satisfaction with democracy. Based on Turkey’s political and economic context, as well as the existing literature, this study investigates the effect of four factors on people’s satisfaction with democracy in Turkey: citizens’ conceptualizations of democracy, being a political winner, citizens’ perceptions of electoral integrity, and ethnic identity. Regression analysis of a nationally representative survey reveals that political losers and those with negative perceptions of electoral integrity are less satisfied with democracy in Turkey, while people’s conceptualizations of democracy and ethnic identity do not have an effect on satisfaction with democracy. We conclude that, in Turkey, political polarization and negative perceptions of electoral integrity trigger a decline in citizens’ satisfaction with democracy, which requires the attention of policymakers.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalPolitics
Early online date11 Aug 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Turkey
  • conceptualizations of democracy
  • electoral integrity
  • political winner
  • satisfaction with democracy

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