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Continuity Through Change: Populism and Foreign Policy in Turkey

Third World Quarterly | 2022


  • Abstract

    Through a discourse-theoretic approach, this paper problematises the under-theorised chameleonic quality of populism. While populist politics is often expressed as construction of the people against the elite, this paper argues that the political should rather be sought in how populism revives itself despite (and through) constant discursive shifts. It examines the interrelations between populism, identity and foreign policy, inserting ‘dislocation’, the transitory moment of disruption in the discursive field, as the main enterprise of populist politics. Empirically, the paper scrutinises how Turkish President Erdoğan switched from conservative democratic to Islamist to nationalist discourses, each with repercussions in the field of foreign policy, and sustained the populist moment through successive dislocations. In particular, it focuses how the ‘Ottoman’ myth spelled different populisms and foreign policy discourses in different periods of the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi – AKP) rule.

    Journal

    Third World Quarterly

    Jahrgang/Band

    43

    Nummer

    12

    Seiten

    2869-2887

    GIGA Focus Global | 5/2022

    Am Steuerrad der Geschichte: Die Welt nach Chinas 20. Parteitag

    Rechtzeitig vor der Rückkehr von Präsident Xi Jinping auf die Weltbühne, der er pandemiebedingt fast drei Jahre lang ferngeblieben war, hat der 20. Parteitag Chinas ideologische Weichen neu gestellt. Der Beitrag untersucht die außen- und sicherheitspolitische Agenda, die Xi im Gepäck hat.

    Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

    Senior Research Fellow / Redaktion GIGA Focus Asien

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