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Rethinking Arab Democratization

Rethinking Arab Democratization

Elections without Democracy

by Larbi Sadiki
Paperback
Publication Date: 10/11/2011
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Rethinking Arab Democratization unpacks and historicizes the rise of Arab electoralism, narrating the story of stalled democratic transition in the Arab Middle East. It provides a balance sheet of the state of Arab democratization from the mid-1970s into the 21st century. In seeking to answer the question of how Arab countries democratize and whether they are democratizing at all, the book pays attention to specificity, highlighting the peculiarities of
democratic transitions in the Arab Middle East. To this end, it situates the discussion of such transitions firmly within their local contexts, but without losing sight of the global picture, namely, the US
drive to control and 'democratize' the Arab World. The book rejects 'exceptionalism', 'foundationalism', and 'Orientalism', by showing that the Arab World is not immured from the global trend towards political liberalization. But by identifying new trends in Arab democratic transitions, highlighting their peculiarities and drawing on Arab neglected discourses and voices, the book pinpoints the contingency of some of the arguments underlying Western theories of democratic transition when applied
to the Arab setting.
ISBN:
9780199699247
9780199699247
Category:
Political structures: democracy
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
10-11-2011
Language:
English
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
348
Dimensions (mm):
234x157x27mm
Weight:
0.56kg

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