Turkey 2002: Kemalism, Islamism, and Politics in the Light of the February 28 Process

Turkey 2002: Kemalism, Islamism, and Politics in the Light of the February 28 Process The South Atlantic Quarterly :/, Spring/Summer . Copyright ©  by Duke University Press. ¨ Umit Cizre and Menderes Çınar without actually having to take over power directly. Hence, the phrase ‘‘February  process’’ was coined to indicate not only the far-reaching implications of the NSC decisions, but also the suspension of normal politics until the secular correction was completed. This process has profoundly altered the formulation of public policy and the relationship between state and society. No major element of Turkish politics at present can be understood without reference to the February  process. This essay takes issue with three things. First, it seeks to unpack the rationale that underpins the February  process and critically assess its impact on Turkish politics and society. Next, it examines the way in which the February  process has afforded the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) even greater scope to influence public policy and to do so with virtually no oversight by the civilian constitutional authority. Finally, it addresses the ways in which political Islam has responded to the process. Reconfiguring Politics Since the inception of the republic, Kemalism has comprised its guiding vision. It is in essence a Westernizing/civilizing ideology http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png South Atlantic Quarterly Duke University Press

Turkey 2002: Kemalism, Islamism, and Politics in the Light of the February 28 Process

South Atlantic Quarterly, Volume 102 (2-3) – Apr 1, 2003

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2003 by Duke University Press
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0038-2876
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1527-8026
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10.1215/00382876-102-2-3-309
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The South Atlantic Quarterly :/, Spring/Summer . Copyright ©  by Duke University Press. ¨ Umit Cizre and Menderes Çınar without actually having to take over power directly. Hence, the phrase ‘‘February  process’’ was coined to indicate not only the far-reaching implications of the NSC decisions, but also the suspension of normal politics until the secular correction was completed. This process has profoundly altered the formulation of public policy and the relationship between state and society. No major element of Turkish politics at present can be understood without reference to the February  process. This essay takes issue with three things. First, it seeks to unpack the rationale that underpins the February  process and critically assess its impact on Turkish politics and society. Next, it examines the way in which the February  process has afforded the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) even greater scope to influence public policy and to do so with virtually no oversight by the civilian constitutional authority. Finally, it addresses the ways in which political Islam has responded to the process. Reconfiguring Politics Since the inception of the republic, Kemalism has comprised its guiding vision. It is in essence a Westernizing/civilizing ideology

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Published: Apr 1, 2003

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