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Middle East Authoritarianisms

Governance, Contestation, and Regime Resilience in Syria and Iran

Middle East Authoritarianisms by Steven Heydemann
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The developments of early 2011 changes the political landscape of the Middle East. But even as urgent struggles continue, it remains clear that authoritarianism will survive this transformational moment. The study of authoritarian governance, therefore, remains essential for our understanding of the political dynamics and inner workings of regimes across the region.This volume considers the Syrian and Iranian regimes—what they share in common and what distinguishes them. Too frequently, authoritarianism has been assumed to be a generic descriptor of the region and differences among regimes have been overlooked. But as the political trajectories of Middle Eastern states diverge in years ahead, with some perhaps consolidating democratic gains while others remaining under distinct and resilient forms of authoritarian rule, understanding variations in modes of authoritarian governance and the attributes that promote regime resilience becomes an increasingly urgent priority.
Stanford University Press; January 2013
328 pages; ISBN 9780804784351
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Title: Middle East Authoritarianisms
Author: Steven Heydemann; Reinoud Leenders