Building of Consensus in Egypt's Transition Process

Overview

Noha el-Mikawy explores the changes that have been occurring in Egypt's political system over the past thirty years--three very important decades in the country's transition from authoritarian rule to democracy By focussing on consensus-building as analytically central to the transition process, el-Mikawy has picked up an original and very fruitful vein in the theoretical debate about the politics of transition and democracy. Her account of the inner workings and ideological divisions among the country's major ...
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Overview

Noha el-Mikawy explores the changes that have been occurring in Egypt's political system over the past thirty years--three very important decades in the country's transition from authoritarian rule to democracy By focussing on consensus-building as analytically central to the transition process, el-Mikawy has picked up an original and very fruitful vein in the theoretical debate about the politics of transition and democracy. Her account of the inner workings and ideological divisions among the country's major political parties provides a wealth of detail for the 1980s and early 1990s nowhere else to be found. This book is likely to make a breakthrough in the conspiracy of silence hitherto affecting the inclusion of the Egyptian experience as an empirical reference point in the theoretical literature of transition.
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Specializing in the politics of transition, El-Mikawy (Friedrich Alexander U., Erlangen-N<:u>rnberg) traces the shift from authoritarian to democratic rule in Egypt over the past three decades. She takes consensus building as an analytical compass and looks at the inner workings of the country's major political parties and their ideological divisions with more detail than is found elsewhere. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789774244988
  • Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

NOHA EL-MIKAWY received her M.A. and her Ph.D. from the University of California in Los Angeles, where she studied the politics of transition. She was assistant professor of political science at the American University in Cairo from 1991 to 1993, during which time she collected most of the material for this book. She is currently research fellow at the Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen-Nurenberg, doing comparative research on the Arab world and Latin America.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
1 Introduction 1
2 A Background to Egyptian Consensus 15
3 Pluralist Consensus Building: Ideological Convergence 41
4 Pluralist Consensus Building: Convoking Elections 69
5 The Institutionalization of Consensus Building inside Parliament 97
6 Conclusion 127
Appendices 135
Notes 141
Index 159
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