Democracy in Question: Ulrike Flader on Turkey at the Crossroads

The latest episode of the Democracy in Question podcast, hosted by Central European University (CEU) President and Rector Shalini Randeria, features Ulrike Flader, lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Bremen. 

Flader's main area of expertise is Turkish politics and society, and her publications include: "Knowing the State and Countering Assimilation" and "Building Alternative Communities Within the State: The Kurdish Movement, Local Municipalities, and Democratic Autonomy" with Cetin Gurer. Her research interests include political anthropology, focusing specifically on the anthropology of the state, governmentality, citizenship, political subjectivity, social movements and the everyday. 

In this episode, "Ulrike Flader on Turkey at the Crossroads" published June 28, Randeria and her guest explores the far-reaching implications of the recent Turkish elections. In a closely contested election, President Erdoğan has won a third term in office, dashing hopes of a return to a liberal, secular, pro-European government in Turkey. What led to this result especially after the impact of the devastating earthquake and plummeting value of the Turkish lira? And what aspects of soft authoritarianism play a role in the country’s current political conditions?

For each episode of Democracy in Question, Randeria invites a leading scholar or public figure to explore the challenges and dilemmas facing democracies around the world. Listen to the trailer and subscribe here.

Series seven of Democracy in Question is produced in partnership with the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (AHCD) where Randeria is a Senior Fellow. ACHD and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna co-produced seasons one and two of the podcast.