“The Female Vote and the Rise of AKP in Turkey”, with Jan Fidrmuc, Brunel University, 26 February 2014.
Differences between the voting behavior of men and women have become one of the most significant issues in social science research in recent years. In this study, we examine whether there is gender gap in voting behavior in Turkey by using ESS wave 2-2004 and ESS wave 4-2008 data sets. We find that education level and religiosity are the main elements that determine the voting behavior of both Turkish men and women, and the differences between them. In particular, our results suggest that there was a critical difference in the effect of education on the support for the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People’s Party (CHP) in the 2002 election, which brought the AKP to power.