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About Bilge Yabanci,

Bilge Yabanci received her PhD degree from the University of Bath, UK based on a doctoral dissertation on the social and political dynamics and the emerging forms of local resistance against the EU-driven democratisation and conflict resolution process in Kosovo and northern Cyprus. She is affiliated with Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome and London-based Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey.

Her current research interests include populism and ruling populist parties, the relationship between authoritarian consolidation and civil society, and democratic reversal in Turkey. Her recent peer-reviewed work ‘Populism as the problem child of democracy’ on government-dependent trade unions and women’s organizations under the AKP rule appeared in the Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea studies.

Articles by Bilge Yabanci,

This week’s front page editor


Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Political violence, civic space and human rights defence in the era of populism and authoritarianism

Academics and international donors alike have only recently considered targeted political violence as an integral part of global democratic decline and populist politics. There is much they could do.

Women of ‘new’ Turkey: dystopian sacralised mothers and everyday feminists

Not a single International Women’s Day or Mother’s Day can pass by without reasserting women’s main duty as child-bearers and men’s responsibility to ‘protect’ and ‘rekindle’ fragile mothers.

The EU’s self-inflicted traps undermine its ability to respond to Turkey’s creeping authoritarianism

European mainstream leaders often forget that the fight against far-right appeal requires a rather more systematic approach, with or without the cooperation of Turkey in tackling Syrian refugees.

What could and should the EU do with Turkey?

Is there a minimal sense of responsibility in European policies towards the people of Turkey, or do we have to content ourselves with European realpolitik?

Does the Erdoğan-Davutoğlu split provide an opening for Turkish democracy?

Institutions are the most useful tools for autocrats helping them ‘encapsulate’ or ‘co-opt’ opposition and resistance, and the AKP will continue to hijack them so long as it is in power.

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