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Meeting the Demands of Ordinary People: Electoral Consolidation Via Catering to Its Core Constituencies

  • Sevinç Bermek
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Abstract

This chapter explores the Justice and Development Party (JDP)’s economic plans and its social welfare agenda, illustrating the role of these factors in the party’s consolidations. It shows how the party used strong political communication skills to demonstrate the delivery of its tangible projects, which previous coalition governments were not able to do. It highlights how economic reforms convinced external and domestic actors that the JDP would adhere to a neoliberal economic agenda. As a second stage, it analyses the JDP’s social assistance and health policy and shows how the party managed to reach out a large segment of Turkey that have historically had little access to public officials. In portraying the social policy agenda, the chapter touches upon the necessity of a rights-based agenda.

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