This conversation starts with a short presentation by Koray Caliskan on the historical and contemporary dynamics that gave birth to Turkey’s contemporary swing towards competitive and full authoritarianism. The end of tutelary democracy in the country came with an unexpected price: the subsequent end of democratization. Is the current regime a temporary one? What are the avenues of hope for democratization and the re-institutionalization of the rule of law. What does such a political transformation and regression entail in terms of sociological and cultural change? Following Caliskan’s presentation, there will be a question and answer session.
Koray Caliskan is associate professor of politics at Bogazici University. He received his Ph.D. with distinction from New York University with which he won the Malcolm Kerr Social Science Award from MESA. His book Market Threads came out from Princeton University Press and focused on global commodity markets. His latest publications were on the end of tutelary democracy and the making of July 15 Coup in Turkey, in the Journal of Cultural Economy and a historical account of the making of competitive and full authoritarianism in Turkey, in New Perspectives in Turkey. Currently, he works on blockchains, crypto-monies and digital economization.