By using an original and comprehensive dataset, I measure Turkish Constitutional Court justices’ ideal points in a two dimensional ideology space. I show that justices’ ideologies and background characteristics are significant determinants of their votes and dissents in annulment action cases between 2002 and 2016. The more restrainist and liberal a justice is, the more likely they will vote for the unconstitutionality of AKP legislation. The main question this study seeks to answer is whether the impact of justices’ ideologies on their votes has been significantly different after the act of court packing in 2010. The analyses show that the probability of voting for the unconstitutionality of AKP legislation between 2010 and 2016 is significantly lower than the cases between 2002 and 2010.
İpek Ece Şener
PhD Student at Washington University in St. Louis