Workshop on Turkish Elections-2007


Workshop on

Turkish Elections-2007


November 30th-December 1st, 2007


Venue: Sabancı University

Karaköy Communication Center

Bankalar caddesi, no. 2, Karaköy, Istanbul

Phone: 212 292 4939


Sponsored by

Sabancı University-Research Fund

The British Council

The Clause M. Halle Institute for Global Learning-Emory University



Friday November 30th, 2007


9:00 Coffee, welcoming remarks and program notes


9:30-10:30 Panel 1. Election Campaign 2007

Chair: Ali CARKOGLU, Sabancı University



Canan BALKIR, Dokuz Eylul University, Susan BANDUCCI, Exeter University, Didem SOYALTIN, Huriye TOKER, Dokuz Eylul University

Expecting the Unforeseeable: The 2007 Turkish Election in the Media


Özgehan SENYUVA, Middle East Technical University

Evaluation of polling exercises for the 2007 Elections


11:00-12:30 Panel 2: Voters’ Choices in 2007

Chair: Güneş Murat TEZCÜR, Loyola University Chicago



Ersin KALAYCIOĞLU, Sabancı University

Attitudinal Orientation to Party Organizations in Turkey

Alpay FİLİZTEKİN, Sabancı University,

Where did AKP get its votes? A Non-parametric perspective

Gülgün TOSUN and Tanju TOSUN, Ege University

Voter preferences in Izmir from 3 November 2002 elections to 22 July 2007 elections: Has the election map altered?


12:30-14:00 Lunch


14:00-16:00 Panel 3: Evaluating the Results: Party Families

Chair: Ersin KALAYCIOĞLU, Sabancı University



Gül ARIKAN AKDAG, Sabancı University

The Nationalists in recent elections

Güneş Murat TEZCÜR, Loyola University Chicago

The Evolution of the Turkish Center-Right: An Ecological Inference Analysis

Sinan CIDDI, Sabancı University

The Turkish left in recent elections

Hasret DIKICI BILGIN, Sabancı University

The Pro-Islamists in recent elections


16:15-18:00 Panel 4: Evaluating the Results: Economy and Ethnicity




Ali CARKOGLU, Sabancı University

Ideology or Economic Pragmatism? Profiling Turkish voters in 2007

Mine EDER, Boğaziçi University

Bringing political economy back in:

A cynical look at “the secularism debate” and the rise of AKP in Turkey

Murat SOMER, Koç University

Turkey’s Kurdish Conflict in the Aftermath of the 2007 Elections:

Structural, Political, and Ideational Challenges




Saturday, December 1st, 2007


9:30-10:30 Panel 5: Evaluating the Results: Elections System and Parliamentary Composition

Chair: Birol AKGUN, Selçuk University



Sabri SAYARI and Alim HASANOV, Sabancı University

Recent trends in the composition of the Turkish Grand National Assembly

William HALE, Sabancı University

Evaluation of the impact of election system for 2007


11:00-12:30 Panel 6: Evaluating the Results: Party System

Chair: Sabri SAYARI, Sabancı University



Birol AKGUN, Selçuk University

Evaluation of trends in alignment or realignment patterns in recent elections

Gizem ARIKAN and Eser SEKERCIOĞLU, Stony Brook University

Trends in party system indicators for the recent Turkish elections.

Ali CARKOGLU, Sabancı University and Melvin J. HINICH, University of Texas-Austin

Changing Contours of Turkish Political Space, from 2002 to 2007.


12:30-14:00 Lunch


14:00-15:00 Panel 7: Evaluating the Results: European Perspectives

Chair: Özgehan SENYUVA, Middle East Technical University



Murat AKAN, Boğaziçi University

Moderating European Integration: Moderate Islam or Moderate Secularism?

Richard ROSE, University of Aberdeen

Applying EU Standards to Turkish Governance: A Bottom up Approach


15:15-17:00 Panel 8: Evaluating the Results: Comparative Perspectives

Chair: Melvin J. HINICH, University of Texas-Austin



Susan BANDUCCI, Exeter University

Gabor TOKA, Nuffield College-Oxford University

Hubert TWORZECKI, Emory University