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After the fog of reform: Democratic consolidation in Mexico and Turkey


2010 2010

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Mexico and Turkey experienced significant changes in their political systems in recent decades including a series of reforms to improve their semi-democratic regimes. Both countries had established similar political and socio-economic structures in the early years of their modern republican regimes. Protectionist, state-led development models and highly regulated, corporatist forms of interest mediation continued until they faced severe crisis in the 1980s. Subsequently, both countries adopted the hegemonic neoliberal model. Rapid economic liberalization initiatives were coupled with gradual expansion in political rights and civil liberties. At the turn of the new millenium, the political apertura had beared fruit in Mexico as it successfully ended the seven-decade long single party rule through peaceful, electoral means. Despite its strong centralist state legacy, Mexico managed to improve its democratic status by establishing genuinely competitive elections and expanding its democratic space to include a vocal and pluralist civil society. While Mexico seems to have beaten its structural odds, Turkey continues to struggle with the same political problems that haunted its democracy relentlessly. When we consider Turkey’s long experience with multi-party politics and its close engagement with the EU –a quintessentially democratic union, the underperformance of Turkey becomes even more puzzling. This dissertation attempts to grasp the mechanisms behind the apparent performance gap in the democratic deepening of Mexico and Turkey through a comparative historical framework of analysis.

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Subject
Political science;
International law;
Consolidation;
Reforms;
Democracy;
Political systems
Classification
0615: Political science
0616: International law
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Civil society; Consolidation; Democratization; Mexico; NAFTA; Turkey
Title
After the fog of reform: Democratic consolidation in Mexico and Turkey
Author
Celik Wiltse, Evren
Number of pages
381
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 71/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124072098
Advisor
Wiarda, Howard J.
Committee member
Lao-Montes, Agustin; White, Greg
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Political Science
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3409551
ProQuest document ID
733033166
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/733033166
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