Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Arab World
What explains the enduring rule of authoritarian regimes in the Arab world? Nicola Pratt offers an innovative approach to this recurring question, shedding light on the failure of democratization by examining both the broad dynamics of authoritarianism in the region and the particular role of civil society. Pratt appraises the part that civil society actors played in the normalization of authoritarianism in the Middle East, the challenges that new organized groups now pose to entrenched Arab regimes, and the varying ways in which those regimes are responding. She also explores the diversity of conceptions of democracy among nonstate actors. Arguing against the idea that Arab culture is inherently incompatible with democracy - the concept of Middle East ""exceptionalism"" - she assesses the realistic potential for democratization in the region.
- Hardback | 236 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 453.59g
- 31 Dec 2006
- Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
- Boulder, CO, United States
"This is an important exploration of how the ideological orientation of civil society affects the possibilities for democratization." - Vickie Langohr, College of the Holy Cross"
About Nicola Pratt
Nicola Pratt is lecturer in comparative politics and international relations at the University of East Anglia and associate editor of the British Journal for Middle Eastern Studies.