University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The rise of populism is a global phenomenon, and its impact on democracy is a significant concern. Populist leaders typically portray themselves as outsiders and champions of the working class, often using emotive and divisive language to resonate with their supporters. These leaders frequently scapegoat marginalized groups and institutions, categorizing them as distant from the people. Right-wing populism, in particular, emphasizes nationalism, anti-immigrant sentiment, and a rejection of globalism. Leaders often target the perceived threats posed by globalization and the loss of jobs to foreign countries while emphasizing traditional values and gender roles. In Turkey and the United States, religion plays a significant role in developing right-wing populism. In Turkey, the conservative ruling party, the AKP, uses Islamism and right-wing populist strategies to maintain power. The party appeals to the religiosity of the Turkish people and portrays itself as the protector of traditional values and conservative gender roles. The erosion of democratic institutions and electoral integrity is a significant concern in both Turkey and the United States. The case studies of Turkey and the United States highlight the similarities and differences in the ways these countries' populist leaders use rhetoric and policy to appeal to women. Despite both leaders’ attempts to diminish the rights of women, Erdoğan and Trump found a large support group of women.
B. A.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
Women--Political activity; Populism--United States--History--21st century; Populism--Turkey--History--21st century; Comparative government
Jolley, Ashton, "Women, populism, democracy: a comparative study of democracy and populism in Turkey and the United States" (2023). Honors Theses.