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Twitter and Politics in Turkey: Opinion Shapers and Public Opinion

March 9, 2016 at 2:00pm EST
Georgetown University, CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241), Washington, DC
Speaker: Prof. Emre Hatipoglu, Sabancı University

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This talk examines the the intersection of Twitter and Turkish politics through two interrelated topics. First, Prof. Hatipoglu presents results from a trans-disciplinary study, which has identified who the main opinion shapers in the network of Turkish twitting users are. His findings indicate that political opinion leadership styles on Twitter markedly differs from traditional opinion shaping in Turkey. Second, Prof. Hatiopoglu discusses whether issue-specific public opinion patterns emerging on Twitter resembles public opinion patterns observed in traditional survey studies. Focusing Kobani events during 2015, he argues that public opinion dynamics on Twitter resemble that of traditional public opinion dynamics, albeit in a more polarized fashion.

Emre Hatipoglu is currently Assistant Professor at Sabancı University, Istanbul where he also acts as the coordinator of International Studies (BA), Conflict Analysis and Resolution (MA) and European Studies (MA) degree programs. Dr. Hatipoglu obtained his Ph D from Penn State University in 2010 in Political Science. His research interests revolve around the question of how domestic institutions shape foreign policy choices and interactions of states, with a specific focus on economic statecraft. International conflict, mediation and Turkish foreign policy constitute his other major areas of interest. Dr. Hatipoglu have worked in two major European Union FP7 projects, TRANSWORLD (on Transatlantic Security) and MAXCAP (EU enlargement), with multiple partners throughout Europe and the US. He is also a co-principal investigator of the I-POST-IT (Identifying Public Opinion Shapers on Twitter in Turkey) project. His publications have appeared in journals such as International Studies Perspectives, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Australian Journal of International Affairs.

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