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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The role of academics in Turkey’s politics: the Mülkiye Junta and the transformation of the Republican People’s Party

Southeast European and Black Sea Studies 
Volume 14, Issue 1, 2014  

Yunus Emre

Between 1971 and 1973, Bülent Ecevit, an exceptional Third World leader who espoused a social democratic creed, struggled against the military rule by peaceful means. His main supporters in intellectual and ideological terms were a group of professors and politicians known as the Mülkiye Junta. The members of the group were scholars from the Ankara University Faculty of Political Science (previously known as the Mülkiye) and advisors to Ecevit. They supported parliamentary politics, criticized the role of the military in political life and recommended a new direction for the Republican People’s Party (RPP). In May 1972, they took over the party administration under the party chairmanship of Bülent Ecevit. After this, the RPP won the highest votes in the 1973 elections. The Mülkiye Junta had central role in the leadership and ideological change in the RPP. This article examines the political thinking of this group and their struggles within the RPP.


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