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.
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...
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...
Published in: Can Europe Make It?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...
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...
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...