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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Vergleichende Demokratieforschung und Politische Systeme Osteuropas

Research Lab: Constitutional Politics in Turkey II

Our current research project "Research Lab: Constitutional Politics in Turkey" - in cooperation with the Law Faculty at Bilkent University in Ankara - is part of the framework program "Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies" funded by Stiftung Mercator.

Project Description

Contemporary forms of democratic backsliding involve political actors who come to power through democratic elections with a strong democratic rhetoric and a promise of political and economic empowerment of the masses. Once they are in power, however, they try to consolidate their power by eliminating constitutional limitations and democratic opposition through legal and constitutional reforms.

Research Lab: Constitutional Politics in Turkey II focuses on this general phenomenon of democratic backsliding, which is also defined with terms such as autocratic legalism, constitutional regression or new authoritarianism with a particular focus on its development in Turkey. Funded by Stiftung Mercator as part of the program Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies, the Research Lab aims to understand the political, legal and social developments during the last two decades in Turkey with a particular attention to law and constitution.


Who we are

We are German and Turkish academics from the Department of Comparative Political Sciences and Political Systems of Eastern Europe at Humboldt University and the Law Faculty of Bilkent University in Ankara, who work together to analyse the history of the state under the rule of law in Turkey and the many challenges it is facing from different disciplinary, methodological, and thematic angles.


Recent Activities from the Lab

December 2018: The Sacred and the State in Turkey, Panel discussion at Humboldt University in Berlin.

June 2018: Fascism and Populism - Two Chapters of the same History, Guest lecture by Federico Finchelstein at Humboldt University in Berlin.

March 2018: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Legal Texts, Legal Practices and Parliamentary Work, Workshop at Humboldt University in Berlin.

May 2017: Politics and Society in Contemporary Turkey: State, Constitution and Media, International Conference at Humboldt University in Berlin.

May 2017: Politics in Turkey after the Referendum, Panel discussion at Humboldt University in Berlin.



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Project Managment

Prof. Dr. Silvia von Steinsdorff, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Prof. Dr. Ece Göztepe, Bilkent Üniversitesi, Ankara


Funded by Stiftung Mercator