Rethinking Arab Democratization: Elections without Democracy

Paperback | December 17, 2011

byLarbi Sadiki

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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 answerthe 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 localcontexts, 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.Oxford Studies in Democratization is a series for scholars and students of comparative politics and related disciplines. Volumes concentrate on the comparative study of the democratization process that accompanied the decline and termination of the cold war. The geographical focus of the series isprimarily Latin America, the Caribbean, Southern and Eastern Europe, and relevant experiences in Africa and Asia. The series editor is Laurence Whitehead, Official Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

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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 answerthe question of how Arab countries democrat...

Larbi Sadiki specializes on Arab democratization, a subject he teaches at the University of Exeter, where he is Director of the Middle East Politics Programme. He has published widely on the question of democratic transitions in the Arab Middle East. He has been researching two separate projects on Islamist notions of democracy, with ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pagesPublished:December 17, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199699240

ISBN - 13:9780199699247

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Laurence Whitehead: PrefaceIntroduction1. Rethinking Democratization in the Arab Context2. Mapping out Arab Electoralism, 1998-20073. Elections without Democracy: The False Starts, 1975-19974. The Greater Middle East Initiative: A US Democracy Promotion 'Road Map'?5. Catalysts from Below: Transition and 'Bread Riots'6. Al-Jazeerah and the Internet as Sites of Democratic Struggle7. Conclusions

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"The author combines to great advantage a close and critical familiarity with the politics of the Arab Middle East and Islamic culture with equally close knowledge of the relevant Western democratization literature. The result is a remarkable book that greatly advances our knowledge of thosecountries and of their -- surely convoluted but not inexistent -- possible paths toward democracy." --Guillermo O'Donnell, University of Notre Dame.