Beyond the Arab Spring: The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East

Paperback | November 19, 2014

EditorKamrava, Mehran

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The Arab Spring occurred within the context of the unravelling of the dominant "ruling bargain" that emerged across the Middle East in the 1950s. This is being replaced by a new and in- choate system that redefines sources of authority and legitimacy through various devices (such asconstitutions), experiences, and processes (mass protests, civil wars, and elections), by reassessing the roles, functions, and at times the structures of institutions (political parties and organisations, the armed forces, the executive); and by the initiative of key personalities and actors(agency).Across the Arab world and the Middle East, "authority" and "political legitimacy" are in flux. Where power will ultimately reside depends largely on the shape, voracity, and staying power of these new, emerging conceptions of authority. The contributors to this book examine the nature and evolutionof ruling bargains, the political systems to which they gave rise, the steady unravelling of the old systems and the structural consequences thereof, and the uprisings that have engulfed much of the Middle East since December 2010.

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The Arab Spring occurred within the context of the unravelling of the dominant "ruling bargain" that emerged across the Middle East in the 1950s. This is being replaced by a new and in- choate system that redefines sources of authority and legitimacy through various devices (such asconstitutions), experiences, and processes (mass prote...

Mehran Kamrava is Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He is the author of a number of books, including, most recently, The Modern Middle East: A Political History Since the First World War; Qatar: Small State, Big Politics; and Iran'...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:November 19, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019938441X

ISBN - 13:9780199384419

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"Beyond the Arab Spring adds new dimensions and considerable depth to our understanding of the extraordinary events in the region since the first days of 2011. From the exploration of an array of institutions and social forces underpinning the uprisings to the examination of particularities ofcountry cases, this volume covers a lot of ground while providing readers with much to think about. An important contribution to the literature." --Miriam R. Lowi, Department of Political Science, The College of New Jersey and author of Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics: Algeria Compared