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Polarization in Turkey
April 4, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
While it is not unique to Turkey or this period in time, polarization erodes the platform for a pluralistic democracy and paves the way for populist and majoritarian politics in Turkey. A recent survey supported by GMF highlights how social distance, perceived moral superiority, and political intolerance polarize Turkish society along partisan lines. The survey further demonstrates how individuals in the Turkish society live in echo-chambers, in which their view is amplified and the opposite view is non-existent, and are affected by a spiral of silence as they refrain from discussing sensitive issues in environments where there are people with the opposite view. One of the interesting findings of the survey is that despite polarization, Turkish citizens converge in their distrust toward international institutions and foreign countries, particularly those that are Western.