—Turkey had its first experience of democracy in
the 1950 elections. Later on, however, the country failed to
achieve democratic consolidation because of 3 military coups,
allowing the elements of military guardianship to cast a shadow
on the political regime. With democracy efforts predominantly
seen under stable, single party governments, Turkey has
regained a positive momentum in terms of democracy,
especially following the 2002 elections. This study will outline
the elements of military guardianship, and set light to the
structural reforms aimed at eliminating it after 2002.
—Democracy, guardianship, tutelage, military,
M. Yıldırım is with the Pamukkale University Turkey (e-mail:
Cite: M. Yıldırım, " The Development of Democratic Consolidation in Turkey
Since 2000s," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 252-257, 2015.