The political influence on the cultural and economic life of a nation’s habitants

The case of the AKP in Turkey and Prime Minister Erdogan


Research Paper (postgraduate), 2013
23 Pages, Grade: 1,3

Excerpt

Table of Contents

Summary

Acronyms and Abbreviations

List of Definition of Terms

Chapter 1
1. Introduction
1.1 Introduction to the political influence of the AK Party in Turkey
1.2 Motivation for the Study
1.3 The Research Problem, Questions and the Aim of the Research
1.4 Significance and Contribution of the Study
1.5 Outline of the Study

Chapter 2
2. Literature Review
2.1 Introduction to Turkey’s circumstances regarding Economy and Politics
2.2 A deeper Understanding of Turkey’s political and economic Actions
2.3 The Researcher's View of the discussed Conditions

Chapter 3. General Analysis

Chapter 4. Conclusions
4.1 Concluding Analysis and Findings
4.2 The Managerial Importance of this Research
4.3 Accomplishments of this Research

References

Appendix 1: Appendix 1: Interview with Tuna X. in written form (24th of July 2013):

List of Graphs
Graph 1: Turkey’s unemployment rate and GDP % change

Chapter 1 - Introduction

This chapter begins with an introduction to the political influence of the Justice and Development Party in Turkey. It then discusses the rationale for studying the topic of the influence on the cultural and economic life of Turkeyby outlining the motivation for the study; the research problem, questions and the aim of the research; and discusses the significance of the study. It then provides a section on the outline of the study.

1.1 Introduction to the political influence of the Justice and Development Party in Turkey

In Turkey there is a general tension between people supporting the secular republic (which was first established by Ataturk) and people supporting an Islamic regime (RPS Group, 2009). The supporters of an Islamic regime have grown, as we saw when the religiously conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) captured 34.3% of the votes in the election in November 2002 (RPS Group, 2009).

In fact the AKP, led by Prime Minister Erdogan, influenced Turkey not only in economic manners but also it influenced the cultural life. For example it managed to take the military’s political power. In the past the military could interfere in politics and even bring the government down (Boris Kalnok, 2011). The question is whether Mr Erdogan will use its power to modernize Turkey and improve the economy or is he going to set up a conservative and Islamic regime?

There many arguments speaking in favor of the assumption that Mr Erdogan tries to improve Turkey bur also arguments for the assumption that this economic development is just a means to an end i.e. just setting up an Islamic regime.

1.2 Motivation for the Study

Economic change of a nation is a very rational and measurable topic. You can easily identify how the economy changed by looking at some statistics.

But as economy goes hand in hand with politics it is very interesting to see why the government interfered in which extend in a nation’s economy. Also then you can consider how the government changed the cultural life of the nation.

This research paper looks at a rational theme with taking into consideration which motives of a nation caused this change. As you only can really evaluate the economic actions of a government when you look at its motives this research paper is very motivating.

1.3 The Research Problem, Questions and the Aim of the Research

The purpose of this research is to discussthe pros and cons of the political, economic, and cultural changes in Turkey caused by the Justice and Development Party (AKP). To give a better understanding of the research’s aim there are two specific research questions.

Question 1: Are there significant changes in the life of Turkey’s population caused by political actions of the AKP in order to achieve economic change?

The outcome of this question will disclose whether Mr Erdogan’s decisions didn’t only affect the economy but also the life of the population. We can assume that if Mr Erdogan’s actions changed the cultural life, in fact the aim of the economic change is also a change in cultural life. On the other hand it could be possible that the economic changes caused a change in the cultural life without the AKP having set this as an aim.

Answering this question also needs a subjective evaluation of the related facts.

Question 2: If there are cultural changes caused by economic changes, are they inevitable results or could these economic changes be achieved without a change in the cultural life?

Again answering this question will give an understanding about the question whether economic change or rather economic success is just an excuse of the AKP to be able to set up an Islamic regime. Giving an answer to this question again requires an evaluation of related facts. It is because the answer is not completely based on facts but also on one’s perception of these facts.

These two questions should give a better understanding of this research paper’s purpose and outlining.

1.4 Significance and Contribution of the Study

The significance of this study is that:

-One, it describes the cultural and economic circumstances in Turkey
-Two, it gives an analysis about the economic changes put into action by the Turkish government
-Three, it also evaluates and discusses the pros and cons of the economic actions regarding the cultural changes.

This research is therefore significant because it can give a deeper inside to the political actions of Turkey. Turkish habitants or people related to them can use this paper as an important reflection on their cultural changes. Therefore they can react in a better way to certain changes as they will have a wider sight to this topic.

The main theoretical contribution of this research is to present a work that demonstrates a critical investigation of the Turkish government’s economic decisions and its influence on the everyday life of the Turkish population.

The underlying theoretical argument is that, behind the economic actions of the Turkish government there are more than just economic reasons. It is assumed that certain economic changes serve for other purposes namely in this case the change of the cultural life and in the end set up an Islamic regime.

1.5 Outline of the Study

This first chapter has introduced the topic of the political influence of the Justice and Development Party in Turkeyby discussing its political behaviour in the past. It also has showed the motivation of this research paper and a better understanding of its purpose by outlining significant research questions.

In Chapter 2, there is a focus on the theoretical aspect through the evaluation of literature. This will be based literature from for example Economist Intelligence Unit (2012) and other areas such as The Economist Newspaper.

Chapter 3 provides a general analysis of the literature discussed in Chapter 2. Also it will take into account an interview of a Turkish habitant who is directly affected by the research topic. Thus a better analysis will be maintained.

Finally, the concluding chapter, Chapter 4, joins all the parts of the research as the research questions are revisited when the accomplishments and implications of the research are discussed.

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Title
The political influence on the cultural and economic life of a nation’s habitants
Subtitle
The case of the AKP in Turkey and Prime Minister Erdogan
College
Mannheim University of Applied Sciences
Grade
1,3
Author
Year
2013
Pages
23
Catalog Number
V264963
ISBN (eBook)
9783656547310
ISBN (Book)
9783656547419
File size
726 KB
Language
English
Series
Aus der Reihe: e-fellows.net schüler-wissen
Tags
AKP, Adalet, Kalkinma, Partisi, Partei für Gerechtigkeit und Aufschwung, Recep, Tayip, Erdogan, political, influence, cultural, economic, life
Quote paper
Cihan Talay (Author), 2013, The political influence on the cultural and economic life of a nation’s habitants, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/264963

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