Turkey’s new presidential regime, promoted and shaped by the Justice and Development Party (AKP), has become a global template for rising authoritarianism. Its violence intensifi es the exigency for critical analysis. By focusing on neoliberal authoritarian, hegemonic and Islamist aspects, this book sheds light on long- term dynamics that resulted in the regime transformation. It presents a comprehensive study at a time when rising authoritarianism challenges liberal democracies on a global scale.

Reaching from critical political economy and state theory to media, gender and cultural studies, this volume covers a range of studies that transcend disciplinary boundaries. These essays challenge the narrative of an "authoritarian turn" that splits the AKP era into democratic and authoritarian periods. Hence, recent transformation is analyzed in a broad historical framework which is sensitive to both continuities and shifts. Studies that explore moments of resistance and relate the political development in Turkey to rising authoritarianism and the crisis- driven trajectory of neoliberalism on a global scale are included in this effort.

Since the advancement of neoliberal policies in conjunction with the religious project that is pushed forward by the AKP suggests that the ongoing transformation may well advance into a more totalitarian regime, this book strives to inform struggles that are trying to resist and reverse this development. By reviewing the dynamics and impacts of recent authoritarian developments, it calls on critical scholars to further seek out potentials and dynamics of opposition in the current authoritarian era.

chapter |11 pages

Introduction: Debating regime transformation in Turkey

Myths, critiques and challenges

part I|107 pages

Political economy of regime change

chapter Chapter 1|17 pages

Crisis in or of neoliberalism?

A brief encounter with the debate on the authoritarian turn

chapter Chapter 3|19 pages

Making the new-neoliberal state in Turkey

Beyond the prevailing master narrative

chapter Chapter 5|18 pages

Transformation of news media

The case of Turkey for the neoliberal era

chapter Chapter 6|17 pages

Internationalized class governance and the AKP’s populism

On Turkey’s integration with the European Union

part II|55 pages

Cultural political economy of regime change

chapter Chapter 7|20 pages

Hegemony and privileges

Reproduction of Islamism in Turkey

chapter Chapter 8|17 pages

Regime change in Turkey

Old symbols into new settings

chapter Chapter 9|16 pages

Recent right-wing lurches

What do they have in common for India and Turkey?

part III|54 pages

Moments of resistance against regime change

chapter Chapter 12|18 pages

Constructing a language of peace through women’s struggles

The case of women for peace initiative in Turkey