Crisis of Turkish parliamentary democracy through Carl schmitt : 1971-1980

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Turkey

Approval Date: 2013

Thesis Language: English

Student: Dolunay Bulut



This thesis examines the political conditions of Turkey from March 12 1971 to September 12 1980 with the use of Carl Schmitt’s concept of the political, critique of parliamentary democracy and concept of partisan to analyze the relation between main political actors of the period. The main theme of this study is how the friend and enemy distinction would be produced in the interactions of the parliament, the military and partisan and which concepts would be applied to define the friend and enemy. This study argues that the theoretical framework of Carl Schmitt is worth using to examine the given period of Turkish politics. It is also argued that Schmitt’s theoretical framework would provide fruitful theoretical perspective to examine the crisis that Turkish parliamentary democracy experienced between 1971 and 1980 which ended up with a military coup