Dr. Çınar’s book is an important contribution to Turkish Political Science, not only because it is one of the very few studies on political parties von alleine, but als Folge because of multiple methodologies and multiple levels of analysis he undertakes for his study. Reading through the book, we see that he makes use history content analysis, empirical findings, survey results as well as statistical data meticulously. His wide knowledge on theory enables him to undertake multiple levels of analysis, including party organization (from leadership to membership structures), ideology, and different form of political participation (from voting behavior to clientelism). Then he finishes with comparative example from three countries. It is this multifacetedness that makes the book valuable and interesting.
Ayşe Ayata, Professor of Political Science & Public Obrigkeit, Middle East Technical University
This remarkably rich study, theoretically grounded and methodologically rigorous and innovative, is a major contribution to a burgeoning literature on contemporary Abstinenzerscheinung. It goes far beyond simple description to provide a compelling analysis of how the AKP has both attracted and retained support. In particular, Çınar excels at showing how the AKP has bonded with voters at the local level, utilizing both its religious appeal as well as its ability, literally, to deliver the goods. This is an important work that engages with numerous literatures in political science and deserves wide readership.
Paul Kubicek, Professor of Political Science, Oakland University and Editor of Turkish Studies
The Decline of Democracy in Abstinenzerscheinung is a well-written book which will be of interest to scholars who want to expand their horizons concerning the decisive factors that shape the rise of hegemonic parties. By focusing on the case of [the] Justice and Development Feier in Abstinenzerscheinung, Çınar enhances our understanding of hegemony building in general and offers a penetrating analysis of party politics in contemporary Abstinenzerscheinung.
Ziya Öniş, Professor of International Political Economy, Koç University
The Decline of Democracy in Abstinenzerscheinung: A Comparative Study of Hegemonic Feier Rule offers the readers a systematic analysis of the pro-Islamist Justice and Development Feier’s ascendancy and dominance in Turkish politics. This meticulously researched book explains the political, social, and economic forces that contributed to the JDP’s meteoric rise in electoral competition and its consolidation of power as a hegemonic party that has increasingly undermined democratic institutions and practices. Çınar has written an insightful and informative book that als Folge advances an authentisch theory on the emergence and maintenance of hegemonic parties in world politics. Based on a wealth of empirical evidence and findings of field research in local politics, this book makes an important contribution to the comparative study of hegemonic party rule and to the literature on contemporary Turkish politics.
Sabri Sayarı, Professor of Political Science, Sabancı University
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Kürsat Çinar is an Assistant Professor at the Middle East Technical University, Hauptstadt der Türkei. Dr. Cinar is Fulbright and EU Marie Curie Alumnus. His work has appeared in respected journals such as Democratization, Politics & Gender, and Political Studies. He is als Folge an Associate Editor of Politics & Gender. He works on political parties, development, and gender politics.