We are pleased to announce Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey)’s public conference entitled “Assessing the Outcome of Recent Turkish Elections: Towards a post-AKP Turkey or not?” in which Dr. Sevinç Bermek, Editor at Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey) will give a talk. This event will take place on Thursday, 24 April 2014 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at  New Academic Building Room NAB.1.04, LSE, 54 Lincolns Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ. Associate Professor Jonathan Liebenau of LSE will kindly chair the event.

You may find below synopsis of the talk and a short-bio of the speaker. This event is free and open to public but it is a ticketed event that requires pre-registration. A ticket does not guarantee a seat. Please register using the link below or RSVP by sending an email to events@researchturkey.org.


Synopsis of the Talk

The local elections of March 30th that took place in Turkey were characterized by the unprecedented level of polarization leading to a very intense political campaign which ended with the eighth consecutive electoral victory of the ruling political party in Turkey. The talk will assess the outcomes of these elections in Turkey and the impact of increasing polarization on the governance crisis. It will also identify the reasons behind AKP’s electoral success and consolidation and analyse the implications that it can have in the forthcoming presidential elections and the evolution of political competition and party system.

Short Biography of the Speaker

Sevinç Bermek received her PhD (September 2013) from the University of Warwick with her thesis on the Emergence, Consolidation of the AKP and its Impact on Turkish Society and Politics. She holds an MA in International Political Economy (Warwick University, Department of Politics and International Studies, 2008) and a BA in Economics (Bilkent University, 2007). She is currently research administrator and deputy managerial editor at the the UK-based, think-tank organization, Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey).

The author has presented the main findings of her research at several academic conferences including the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) in Chicago, at the conference named “Taking Stock: Ten Years of the AKP Rule” at the Alexander Hamilton Centre for Political Economy at New York University and at the Third Doctoral Dissertation Conference of LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies.


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