The AKP's Approach toward Non-Muslim Minorities: Constructivist and Rationalist Insights


ÖZTIĞ L. İ. , AYDIN K.

ALTERNATIVES, cilt.42, ss.59-73, 2017 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 42 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2017
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1177/0304375417741706
  • Dergi Adı: ALTERNATIVES
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.59-73

Özet

Since the Justice and Development Party (the AKP) came to power, it has expanded the rights of non-Muslim minorities. In order to provide a comprehensive theoretical perspective of the AKP's policies toward non-Muslim minorities, this article utilizes constructivist and rationalist insights (the logic of appropriateness and the logic of consequences, respectively). This article argues that the AKP's policies toward non-Muslim minorities are linked to its normative commitment to religious freedom. In addition, by drawing upon the literature of political marketing, this article argues that the AKP's policies toward non-Muslim minorities can be analyzed as a strategy to expand its voter base.