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18:30 to 20:00
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13 April 2017
Diskus Room, Unite the Union, 128 Theobald's Rd, Holborn, London, WC1X 8TN

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm


What Is at Stake in the Turkish Constitutional Referendum?

Policy Brief Launch Event and Public Forum


Organized in collaboration with the Centre for Turkey Studies 

In this launch event for the FLJS Policy Brief What Is at Stake in the Turkish Constitutional Referendum?, the author Dr Bill Kissane will assess the prospects for a free and fair vote in the upcoming Turkish constitutional referendum, which could see President Erdoğan further entrench his authoritarian hold on power following the failed military coup of 2016. 

Dr Kissane, Associate Professor in Politics at LSE, will present his analysis days before the referendum is held in Turkey on 16th April. He will discuss the vote on the most ambitious changes to the Turkish constitution yet seen, which, if passed, will allow President Erdoğan to dissolve the parliament and to declare a state of emergency.

Dr Kissane will examine the reasons behind the failed efforts to build a constitution by consensus and the growing intranational conflict with Kurdish separatists. He will also address fears that the referendum could lead to a presidenital system of pure majoritarian rule in Turkey, under which even the few remaining checks and balances that survived the post-coup crackdown will be removed.

A free printed copy of the policy brief will be available for all attendees. To reserve your place, please complete the registration form on the right.

Bill Kissane is a political scientist and historian, and Associate Professor in Politics at the London School of Economics, where he is a member of the Conflict Research Group. He is the author of several books including New Beginnings: Constitutionalism and Democracy in Modern Ireland (University College Dublin Press, 2011) and his latest, Nations Torn Asunder: the Challenge of Civil War (OUP, 2016). 

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is an independent and non-partisan organization based in London, which was inaugurated with the support of former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in April 2011.

What Is at Stake in the Turkish Constitutional Referendum? is the latest of over 100 policy briefs and reports published by FLJS, all freely available to download from our Publications pages. To request a printed copy, please email