Autocratic Legalism: The Use of Legality in Authoritarian Consolidation

April 17, 2020

This roundtable workshop was held on Monday, April 6, 2020. It addressed several dimensions of new authoritarianism with particular focus on the use of legality in authoritarian consolidation.


Holger Klein, Director, Columbia University Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies Senem
Aydın Düzgit, Senior Scholar & Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator, Istanbul Policy Center
Ayşe Kadıoğlu, Visiting Scholar, Columbia University Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies

Session 1: What is Autocratic Legalism?

- Moderator: Tim Frye, Columbia University
Kim Scheppele, Princeton University
Javier Corrales, Amherst College

Session 2: Authoritarian Backslide in Europe and the US

- Moderator: Turkuler Isıksel, Columbia University
David Driesen, Syracuse University College of Law
R. Daniel Kelemen, Rutgers University
Elzbieta Matynia, New School for Social Research

Session 3: Authoritarian Practices in Comparative Perspective: Russia, Turkey, Venezuela, Ecuador

- Moderator: Ayşe Kadıoğlu, Sabancı University/Columbia University
Valerie Sperling, Clark University
Ayşe Kadıoğlu, Columbia University/Sabancı University
Orçun Selçuk, Luther College

Organized by The Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies, Columbia University & Co-sponsored by The Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University, Stiftung Mercator Initiative.