Author(s): Murat KARATA?

This article studies the political power concept of the Republican People’s Party which held the political power between the years 1946-1950 during the first stage of the multi-party political life in Turkey. This party ruled the country single-handedly for a quite a long period; in this article, we studied the attitude of this party towards the opposition in the parliament following the transition to democracy and the party’s efforts to adapt to the new period. Relations between the government and opposition starting right after the election of 1946 have been studied in this context from the viewpoint of the Republican People’s Party. The practices this party did in the name of democratization have been brought within the scope of this article. .

Even though the Republican People’s Party held a single-party rule for quite a long period of time, it continued to govern even after the transition to the multi-party political life. The aim of this study is to find out the stages of the political power concept of this party during the four-year process which resulted with the transition of the government to the Democrat Party in the year 1950. The party’s own historical heritage and its attitude towards its ideals were criticized as single-party practices. The extend of the solutions of these matters before the election of 1950 will be studied in this context.


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