Volume 9, Issue 2, June 2017

Contents

CANDIDATE SELECTION PROCESS AS A TOOL TO SHAPE A PARTY'S DOMINANT COALITION: THE CASE OF THE AKP IN TURKEY

ABSTRACT. Since its first incumbency after the 2002 general elections Turkish politics has witnessed considerable changes in the policies of the AKP in economic and political realms.  Academics have tried to understand the nature and possible causes of these policy changes mostly focusing on the electoral concerns. This study provides a different dimension to the debate by focusing on the party organization as a possible dynamic preventing/enabling this kind of a policy change. As such, it relates the policy changes of the AKP to the changes ...

A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW FOR THE ANTECEDENTS OF COLLECTIVE GUILT: DOES TERROR MANAGEMENT THEORY EXPLAIN THE RARITY OF COLLECTIVE GUILT?

ABSTRACT. Collective guilt is a relatively new concept studied in intergroup relations in social psychology. Collective guilt suggests a new way of studying positive intergroup relations; thus, investigation of the factors underlying collective guilt seems more essential. Starting from this point of view, the purpose of this study is to look at the antecedents of collective guilt by considering its historical development. Since collective guilt is an aversive emotion, people are prone to reject it. That is why it is a rare emotion. Therefore, anot...

CODE OF CONDUCT AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO REFORMATION OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL

ABSTRACT. The United Nations Security Council’s (SC) intermittent failure to perform its main duty of maintaining international peace and security has led to a longstanding debate about its reform. The ongoing Syrian crisis has resulted in a significant number of casualties, and has cost the international community heavily. The SC has thus become the subject both of severe criticism and of calls to take action. The inertia that results from an insistence on the use of the veto power has stimulated politicians to develop alternative methods. ...

FEMALE STEREOTYPES IN LEBANESE CONTEMPORARY SONGS: A CASE STUDY OF TEN SONGS

ABSTRACT. Many studies have shown that popular music is a dynamic medium in the construction of personal and social identities. This study analyses the image of women in ten Lebanese songs produced between 2010 and 2014; each song ranked as big hits. Typical of contemporary popular songs, these songs do not accord to the woman the value of an equal partner of the man. While rarely mentioning the ideas of sharing, exchanging, or reciprocity, they circulate many stereotypes such as the threatened/beaten woman, the housewife won through presents and ...

LEGITIMACY OF LAWS IN POST MODERN WORLD (Turkish)

ABSTRACT. The processes, tools and concepts of political liberalism have become the fundamental factors in executing the domestic politics of countries since the dominance of neo-liberal policies in the world politics after the Cold War. The legitimacy of the laws has been ensured for about two centuries through constitutional and normative sense of law, which is brought by liberalism, and constitutional administration based on the rights and freedoms of the people. Although liberalism continues on its way from economics after the 2000s, liberal p...

NUCLEAR ENERGY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE 2015 PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE: A SOLUTION OR PROBLEM? (Turkish)

ABSTRACT. Climate change is a global issue for not only developing countries but also advanced industrial societies. Consuming more fossil fuels by emitting carbon dioxide (CO2) results in climate change and this problem stems from human activities. Global warming caused by climate change threatens ecological balance and the whole humanity. Despite having divergences and problems among states, world countries have been trying to tackle climate change in the international arena in the recent years. One of the most crucial issues to mitig...

THE ARTIST–POWER CONFLICT THROUGH THE WOMAN IMAGE IN THE ARTWORK TITLED ŞEHRAZAT’IN OYUNU (Turkish)

ABSTRACT. The passion of human being for the power employed on the same species is treated as a subject in many fields of both oral and written literature. Gender supremacy of male on female turns into sociological, economic, psychological and political supremacy in time. The aim of the desire to prevail over other human beings through a conscious objectification policy is to objectify the other. Power struggle also aims to take the power among independent individuals; this struggle is then replaced by violence and slavery as a result of the inact...

LEBANON IS BECOMING A NEW OIL AND GAS PRODUCER UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYES OF ITS CIVIL SOCIETY

ABSTRACT. This short article is an overview of the recent oil and gas developments in Lebanon with a focus on the role of civil society in holding the decision makers accountable. From one side, it highlights the governance challenges and political uncertainties facing Lebanon. Corruption, ineffective oversight bodies and political deadlocks are some of the many challenges facing the country.  From the other side, it puts emphasis on the role of civil society as the alternative oversight body capable of overseeing the management of the sector...

BEN, ÖTEKİ VE ÖTESİ: İSLAM-BATI İLİŞKİLERİ TARİHİNE GİRİŞ (Book Review, Turkish)

Kalın’ın bir yıl gibi kısa bir zaman içinde on birinci baskısına ulaşan kitabı en genel ifadeyle ben tasavvuru ve öteki algısının zihni, siyasi, kültürel ve estetik yönleri üzerinedir (Kalın, 2016: 453). Kalın, kendisinin de ifade ettiği gibi kitabında iki konuyu ele almayı vaat etmektedir. Birincisi karşılaştıkları tarihten itibaren uzun bir tarihsel sürece yayılan İslam-Batı ilişkilerini ortaya koymak, İkincisi de bu tarihsel tecrübenin üzerine bina olunan “ben” ve “öteki” arasında...

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