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Inter-Party Vote Movements In Turkey: The Sources Of Akp Votes In 2007

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  • Ali T. Akarca

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    (Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago)

  • Cem Baslevent

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    (Department of Economics, Bilgi University)

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Using data drawn from a nationwide voter-tendencies survey conducted shortly before the July 2007 parliamentary election in Turkey, inter-party vote movements during the 2002-2007 period are investigated with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) as the focal point. A descriptive analysis relying on two and four-way partitions of the dataset reveals that, in comparison to the relatively small group of ‘deserters’ from the party, the ‘newcomers’ to the AKP are younger, mostly female, more satisfied with the performance of the economy, and more likely to be pro-EU membership. The data also shows that AKP supporters are less educated and less concerned with the threats to secularism than the rest of the voters. The key finding of the econometric work is that economic evaluations—especially retrospective ones— have a strong association with the party choice in the 2007 elections.

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Paper provided by Economic Research Forum in its series Working Papers with number 509.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2010
Date of revision: Mar 2010
Publication status: Published by The Economic Research Forum (ERF)
Handle: RePEc:erg:wpaper:509

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  1. Ali T. Akarca, 2010. "Analysis of the 2009 Turkish Election Results from an Economic Voting Perspective," European Research Studies Journal, European Research Studies Journal, vol. 0(3), pages 3-38.

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