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  • The Struggle over Democracy in the Middle Eastby Nathan J. Brown; Emad Shahin

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 53.95

    Many residents of the Middle East - and more recently, Western powers - have placed great hope in democratization in the region. Yet authoritarianism remains the norm and movement towards democracy is both slow and uneven.  The Struggle over Democracy in the Middle East examines democracy and democratization in the light of regional realities... more...

  • Political Succession in the Arab Worldby Anthony Billingsley

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 44.95

    Political succession is one of the most timely issues in the contemporary Middle East. In this new study the author examines the process and shows how respect for those in authority and tribal codes of loyalty have been far more influential in maintaining regimes than security institutions and political repression. more...

  • Bombs and Ballotsby Krista E. Wiegand

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2010; US$ 119.95

    Using Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Palestine and the Mahdi Army in Iraq as primary case studies, Krista Wiegand skilfully reveals why these groups have become involved in governance, how mainstream governments accept or reject such groups, and how some terrorist groups and militias govern certain territories that are not under mainstream government... more...

  • Civil Society and Democratization in the Arab Worldby Francesco Cavatorta; Vincent Durac

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 44.95

    The transition paradigm has traditionally viewed civil society activism as an essential condition for the establishment of democracy. The democracy promotion strategies of Western policy-makers have, therefore, been based on strengthening civil society in authoritarian settings in order to support the development of social capital -to challenge undemocratic... more...

  • Democracy in the Arab Worldby Ibrahim Elbadawi; Samir Makdisi

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 18.95

    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, drawing on case studies from across the Arab world to explore economic development, political institutions... more...

  • The Arab Awakeningby Kenneth M. Pollack

    Brookings Institution Press 2011; US$ 26.95

    Even the most seasoned Middle East observers were taken aback by the events of early 2011. Protests born of oppression and socioeconomic frustration erupted throughout the streets; public unrest provoked violent police backlash; long-established dictatorships fell. How did this all happen? What might the future look like, and what are the likely ramifications... more...

  • The Arab Revolutionby Jean-Pierre Filiu

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 20.99

    When Mohammad Bouazizi sets himself on fire on December 17, 2010, he started a series of extraordinary events that spread across the Middle East with stunning rapidity. In less than a month, President Ben Ali fled Tunisia, ending a twenty-three year regime. Shortly thereafter, on 11 February 2011, President Mubarak of Egypt stepped down after nearly... more...

  • Voices of the New Arab Publicby Marc Lynch

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 31.99

    Marc Lynch draws on interviews conducted in the Middle East and analyses of Arab satellite television programs, op-ed pages, and public opinion polls to examine the nature, evolution, and influence of the new Arab public sphere. According to Lynch, the days of monolithic Arab opinion are over, and the way in which Arab governments and the United... more...

  • The Arab Stateby Adham Saouli

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 48.95

    This book explores the conditions of state formation and survival in the Middle East. Based on Historical Sociology, it provides a model for study of the state in the Arab world and a theory to explain its survival. Examining states as a ?process?, the author argues that what emerged in the Middle East in the beginning of the twentieth century... more...

  • Inevitable Democracy in the Arab Worldby Wissam S. Yafi

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 31.00

    Wissam S. Yafi argues that there are four dynamics leading to inevitable change in the Arab region: geopolitical, geoeconomic, geosocial, and technological. Yafi comes to the conclusion that no system will be able to support the dynamics in place except for democracy. more...