Every Breath You Take in Turkey  
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

As most know by now, what started as peaceful protests by some 500 demonstrators in Istanbul’s Taksim Square turned into a widespread (but still peaceful) protests against the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) eleven year rule and could define and transform Turkish democracy.

Though the protesters have been peaceful, the same cannot be said of the authorities’ reaction, as shown by the following creative (but disturbing) video.

Some of our posts from a few months ago (here, here, here, here, here, and here) provide the background.

Given these events, it is high time to revisit these issues and what the protests and the government’s reaction portend for the future.

Tomorrow, we start with a New York Times op-ed by Daron.

Article originally appeared on Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson (http://whynationsfail.com/).
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