Turkey’s Diminutive Democracy
It seems that all elements of democracy are present in Turkey but many not at sufficient levels to call that country a fully functioning democracy. There are a number of democracy and human rights-related areas in which Turkey’s performance has been less than satisfactory. Although the power of the Turkish government is far from being absolute, the absence of an effective opposition has meant that it feels less constrained in its actions. Rather than characterizing democracy as a system of limited government, checks, and balances, the AKP leadership seems to feel that achieving an electoral majority gives them the power to rule in ways they deem appropriate.