A quantitative analysis of turkey's 2011 elections

Vural Aksakalli, Hatice Tekiner-Moǧulkoç, Muammer Koç

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The changes in Turkey's political landscape over the past decade have been quite dramatic. In this study, we present a quantitative analysis of the 2011 national elections based on clustering techniques and we compare our results with those of the previous elections in 1999, 2002, and 2009. Our results suggest, once again, that Turkish citizens turn out to vote consistently since the1950s. We also investigate significant changes in voting trends of different regions and provinces. We conclude with a future-based qualitative outlook to indicate what the results could be if certain electoral changes are made, such as the law for political parties, a different national threshold for parties to be represented and elected to Parliament, and an eventual new constitution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-198
Number of pages10
JournalInsight Turkey
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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Aksakalli, V., Tekiner-Moǧulkoç, H., & Koç, M. (2011). A quantitative analysis of turkey's 2011 elections. Insight Turkey, 13(4), 189-198.