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IstanPol Democratization Program focuses on the democratization processes and operation of institutions in Turkey and around the world. The program aims to develop research, analysis and policy recommendation on building and reforming democratic institutions at local and global level.

In this framework, IstanPol organizes research projects and roundtable discussions on diverse issues, including populism, future of the public space and institutions, and polarization.

With the “Re-Discussing the System” project launched in 2020, IstanPol has been offering policy recommendations for institutions on well-functioning government systems and building an independent and impartial judicial authority, election system, party system, and mechanisms for checks and balances.