Last month, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a constitutional referendum to enhance the powers of the presidency, leading most observers to believe that he will now be able to govern Turkey without any challenges in the foreseeable future.
Our research shows that Erdogan’s attempt to dominate Turkish politics is far from unique. Erdogan resembles strong leaders in Latin America, such as Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, Rafael Correa in Ecuador and Alberto Fujimori in Peru, who have also built competitive authoritarian regimes in their respective countries.
Among these three leaders, the Peruvian experience under Fujimori offers comparative lessons to Turkey. In both countries, presidents assumed nearly unlimited powers in the context of severe crises.… Seguir leyendo »