Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring

Paperback | June 1, 2014

byMichael Willis

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The overthrow of the regime of President Ben Ali in Tunisia on 14 January 2011 took the world by surprise. The popular revolt in this small Arab country and the effect it had on the wider Arab world prompted questions as to why there had been so little awareness of it up until that point. Italso revealed a more general lack of knowledge about the surrounding western part of the Arab world, or the Maghreb, which had long attracted a tiny fraction of the outside interest shown in the eastern Arab world of Egypt, the Levant and the Gulf.This book examines the politics of the three states of the central Maghreb - Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco - since their achievement of independence from European colonial rule in the 1950s and 1960s. It explains the political dynamics of the region by looking at the roles played by the military,political parties and Islamist movements and addresses factors such as Berber identity and economics, as well as how the states of the region interact with each other and with the wider world.

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The overthrow of the regime of President Ben Ali in Tunisia on 14 January 2011 took the world by surprise. The popular revolt in this small Arab country and the effect it had on the wider Arab world prompted questions as to why there had been so little awareness of it up until that point. Italso revealed a more general lack of knowledg...

Michael J. Willis is King Mohamed VI Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies at St. Antony's College, Oxford University. Prior to this he taught politics for seven years at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. His research focuses on the politics, modern history and international relations of the Maghreb. His previous public...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:8.5 × 5.59 × 1.1 inPublished:June 1, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Willis effortlessly guides the reader through scholarly debates in the existing English-language literature on North Africa. Intense cross-referencing between chapters, an excellent index, and extensive endnotes make this an ideal reference volume....the work's unique strength [is] itsaccessibility. Despite its dense, detail-filled narrative, Politics and Power in the Maghreb remains approachable for the lay reader and fulfills its primary aim--the creation of an up-to-date reference work on contemporary North Africa tailored specifically for the concerns of an Anglo-Americanaudience...Willis resoundingly reaffirms the value of high politics and grand narrative for area studies....For the foreseeable future, [it] is likely to remain the definitive reference volume for policymakers, academics, and students alike." --Middle East Journal