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Title: Democracy in the Arab world : explaining the deficit
Authors: Elbadawi, Ibrahim
Makdisi, Samir
Date: 2011
Publisher: IDRC, Ottawa, ON, CA
Abstract: Despite notable socio-economic development in the Arab region, a deficit in democracy and political rights has continued to prevail. This book examines the major reasons underlying the persistence of this democracy deficit over the past decades and touches on the prospect for deepening the process of democratization in the Arab world. Contributions from major scholars of the region give a cross-country analysis of economic development, political institutions and social factors, and the impact of oil wealth and regional wars, and present a model for democracy in the Arab world. Case studies are drawn from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, and the Gulf region; they build on these cross-country analyses and look beyond the influence of oil and conflicts as the major reason behind this democracy deficit. The chapters illustrate how specific socio-political history of the country concerned, fear of fundamentalist groups, collusion with foreign powers and foreign interventions, and the co-option of the elites by the state also contribute to these problems of democratization facing the region. Situating the democratic position of the Arab world in a global context, this book is an important contribution to the field of Middle Eastern politics, development studies, and studies on conflict and democracy.
Description: Co-published with Routledge
ISBN: 978-1-55250-491-8
Project Number: 106201
Project Title: Peace, Conflict and Development : Dissemination of Research Results 2010-2011
Access: Open Access
Copyright: IDRC
License: IDRC is copyright holder
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