TESEV Democratization Program offers research-based analysis and political suggestions in order to contribute to the restructuring of the relationship between the citizen and the state in light of the principles of participatory democracy. Its principal objective is to assist the strengthening of the area of civil politics, as well as to help increase pluralism within it, which has been rendered ineffective by a hierarchical type of modernization, a history of coup d’etats and a totalitarian administrative structure. In addition to defending the growing strength of a parliament that is formed on the basis of democratic elections, the program aims at the development of the necessary organs/channels which will bring about the participation of citizens, organized social movements and civil society organizations in decision making processes.
In recent years, the program has contributed to the development of the area of democratic politics by bringing on the public agenda, taboo topics such as Judiciary; the Security Sector Reform; the Kurdish Question; Minority Rights and Constitutional Citizenship; Religion, State, Society Relations and Media and Democracy through conducted scientific research and solution proposals. The making of a new, civil constitution and media subject headings have been added to these research domains recently. The studies within these various fields, which, in consideration of their content, have been developed to support each other, create the possibility of a holist approach towards political and social problems that need to be solved for Turkey’s democratization. TESEV supports reform movements that hold the notions of democracy, equal-citizenship and human rights as their basis, for a libertarian redefinition of the state-society-individual relationship.
Definitions and Expectations Regarding the New Constitution
Analysis and Evaluations: Etyen Mahçupyan, Ferhat Kentel and Özge Genç
Confronting the Past: Impunity and High Profile Cases
Mehmet Uçum, Mihdi Perinçek, Tahir Elçi, Levent Pişkin, Ufuk Uras, Nimet Tanrıkulu, Eren Keskin
Policy Suggestions For Free and Independent Media in Turkey
Dilek Kurban and Ceren Sözeri
The High Council of Judges and Prosecutors in Turkey:Roundtable Discussion on Its New Structure and Operations
Moderator: Ali Bayramoğlu
Discussants: Ahmet İnsel, İbrahim Okur, Leyla Köksal Tarhan, Mithat Sancar, Uğur Yiğit, Yücel Sayman