What does the ‘New Turkey’ stand for?

Hakkı Taş (2014) ‘What does the “New Turkey” stand for?,’ Open Democracy, December 17. Full Text

Excerpt: We may not always have a reason to expect something to improve on its previous performance. However, the irresistible allure of novelty excites us and pushes to look beyond what we take for granted. Long before neurobiologists discovered this effect, politicians, including Turkish ones, employed it in political discourse. Although the discourse of ‘New Turkey’ has gained more currency under the Justice and Development Party (or AK Party) that has ruled since 2002, this motto has become the hope and dream of Turkish society for more than a century. In this regard, one may ask: How new is New Turkey?

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