Political Participation in the Middle East

Political Participation in the Middle East

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Political participation in authoritarian regimes is usually considered insignificant, or important only insofar as it promotes democracy. Turning this common wisdom on its head, "Political Participation in the Middle East" demonstrates the vitality, variety, and significance of political activism across the MENA region.Through an in-depth exploration of seven countries, the authors address how formal and informal political institutions create opportunities for participation in venues as varied as trade unions, civic associations, political parties, and elections. And, without losing sight of the fact that authoritarian regimes manipulate participation to reinforce their rule, they reveal ways in which citizens do benefit - by influencing decision-making, for example, or obtaining state resources. An engaging read for scholars and students, this work vividly illustrates how citizens matter in the politics of authoritarian regimes.It reveals the variety and significance of political participation across the Middle East and North Africa in the face of authoritarian rule.show more

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  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 160.02 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 1588266028
  • 9781588266026
  • 1,287,622

Table of contents

Taking Political Participation Seriously - E. Lust-Okar.; Participation Under Authoritarian Rule. The Nature of Political Participation - H. Albrecht. Formal and Informal Venues of Engagement - L. al-Hamad.; Negotiating the Electoral Arena. Intra-Elite Struggles in Iranian Elections - G.M. Tezcur. Competing for Resources in Jordanian Elections - E. Lust-Okar. Inside Egyptian Parliamentary Campaigns - S. Shehata. Local Elections in Gaza - D. Tuastad.; Beyond Electoral Politics. Opposition Groups in Bahrain - K. Niethammer. Mapping Participation in Egypt - N. Gohar. The Dynamics of Civil Society in Morocco - D. Maghraoui. The Moroccan Parliament - S. Zerhouni. Trade Unions in Tunisia - D. Cavallo.; Conclusion. Looking Forward - S. Zerhouni.show more

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"This excellent book significantly advances our understanding of the endurance of authoritarianism in the Middle East." - Marsha Pripstein Posusney, Bryant College "Extremely well researched.... A refreshing and necessary addition to the existing scholarship on political participation under authoritarian conditions; students will benefit tremendously from reading it." - Amaney Jamal, Princeton University"show more

About Ellen Lust-Okar

Ellen Lust-Okar is associate professor of political science and chair of the Council on Middle East Studies at Yale University. She is author of Structuring Conflict in the Arab World. Saloua Zerhouni is assistant professor of political science at Mohammed V University in Morocco.show more

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