Dr Yaprak Gursoy

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

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I joined Aston University in the summer of 2017. Prior to my appointment, I was an Associate Professor at Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey and a Senior Member of St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. 

I received my PhD in politics from the University of Virginia in 2008. I have worked on regime change and consolidation, democratization, civil-military relations and coup d’états. I have published numerous articles on these subjects, covering Turkish, Greek and other Southern European countries from a comparative perspective in edited volumes and peer reviewed journals. 

My book, Between Military Rule and Democracy: Regime Consolidation in Greece, Turkey, and Beyond (University of Michigan Press, 2017), examines four episodes of authoritarianism, six periods of democracy and ten short-lived coups in Greece and Turkey. My findings are based on more than 150 interviews I conducted with the elites of both countries. In the book, I also apply my arguments to four more recent military interventions in Thailand and Egypt. 

I am currently doing research on populism and party politics from a comparative perspective. I am also interested in the relations between Turkey and Britain since the 1920s.

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  • PhD (2008, University of Virginia, Department of Politics)
  • MA (2002, University of Virginia, Department of Politics) 
  • BA (2000, Koc University, Turkey, Department of International Relations)



  • Between Military Rule and Democracy: Regime Consolidation in Greece, Turkey, and Beyond (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2017).
  • Türkiye'de Sivil-Asker İlişkilerinin Dönüşümü (The Transformation of Civil-Military Relations in Turkey), Güvenlik Çalışmaları Dizisi, (Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2013). 
  • Avrupa Birliği'ne Giriş (Introduction to the European Union), edited by Ayhan Kaya, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Yaprak Gürsoy and Özge Onursal (Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2011). 


Selected Journal Articles:

  • "Turkish Public Opinion on the Coup Allegations: Implications for Democratization," Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 130, No. 1 (Spring 2015): 103-132. 
  • "The Role of the EU in Changing the Role of the Military in Turkish Politics," (with İlter Turan) European Review of International Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 2014): 132-140. 
  • "The Final Curtain for the Turkish Armed Forces? Civil-Military Relations in View of the 2011 General Elections," Turkish Studies, Vol. 13, No. 2 (June 2012): 191-211. 
  • "The Changing Role of the Military in Turkish Politics: Democratization through Coup Plots?" Democratization, Vol. 19, No. 4 (August 2012): 735-760. 
  • "The Impact of EU-Driven Reforms on the Political Autonomy of the Turkish Military," South European Society and Politics, Vol. 16, No. 2 (June 2011): 293-308.
  • "Is There a Europeanization of Turkish Foreign Policy: An Addendum to the Literature on EU Candidates," (with Meltem Müftüler-Baç) Turkish Studies, Vol. 11, No. 3 (September 2010): 405-427.
  • "Regime Change in the Aegean: Reconsidering Foreign Influence," Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 27, No. 2 (October 2009): 319-347. 
  • "Civilian Support and Military Unity in the Outcome of Turkish and Greek Interventions," Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Summer 2009): 47-75. 
  • "The Effects of the Population Exchange on the Greek and Turkish Political Regimes in the 1930s," East European Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 2 (Summer 2008): 97-128. 


Selected Book Chapters:

  • "Turkey: Populism and Geography," Shaper Nations: Strategies for a Changing World, edited by William I. Hitchcock, Melvyn P. Leffler, and Jeffrey W. Legro (Boston: Harvard University Press, 2016).
  • "The Rule of Law and Judicial Reforms in Turkey between 2002 and 2013," (with Senem Aydın-Düzgit) Siyasetin Bilimi: İlter Turan'a Armağan (The Science of Politics: Essays in Honor of Ilter Turan), edited by Boğaç Erozan, Nihal İncioğlu, and Pınar Uyan-Semerci (Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2015).
  • "From Tutelary Powers & Interventions to Civilian Control: an Overview of Turkish Civil-Military Relations since the 1920s," Turkey’s Democratization Process, edited by Carmen Rodriguez, Antonio Avalos, Hakan Yılmaz, and Ana I. Planet (London & New York: Routledge, 2013). 
  • "Turkey: The Counterintuitive Transition of 1983," (with Senem Aydın-Düzgit) Transitions to Democracy: A Comparative Perspective, edited by Kathryn Stoner and Michael McFaul (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). 
  • "Turkey's Relations with the United States and Israel under the Justice and Development Party Government," Troubled Triangle: The United States, Turkey, and Israel in the New Middle East, edited by William B. Quandt (Charlottesville, VA: Just World Books, 2011). 
  • "Civil-Military Relations as a Component of Democratic Consolidation in Turkey: A Comparison with Greece," Turkey-European Relations: Dilemmas, Opportunities, and Constraints, edited by Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Yiannis A. Stivachtis (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008): 303-324.


  • LP 1029 –Introduction to Studying and Researching Politics
  • LP2020 –The Politics and Policies of the European Union
  • LP3048 –Democracy, Authoritarianism and Regime Change
  • LPM047 –Politics in South Europe