Democracy Without Democrats: The Renewal of Politics in the Muslim World

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Ideas of democracy and political liberalization have recently become central to political debate within and about the Middle East. The current focus on the merits of democratic practice in many areas of the world, coupled with the spread of economic liberalism, will inevitably, according to some accounts, bring about a measure of political pluralism. Against this, the persistence of authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, together with the fragility of experiments with democracy, has revived an old argument ...
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Overview

Ideas of democracy and political liberalization have recently become central to political debate within and about the Middle East. The current focus on the merits of democratic practice in many areas of the world, coupled with the spread of economic liberalism, will inevitably, according to some accounts, bring about a measure of political pluralism. Against this, the persistence of authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, together with the fragility of experiments with democracy, has revived an old argument among some Western academics and among many proponents of cultural nationalism within the Middle East, that Islam and democracy are essentially irreconcilable. This book brings together many of the best-known writers on Middle Eastern politics to address the issues that inform the debate. In particular, the contributors challenge the assumption that the Middle East is a unique case, resistant to the social, economic and ideological trends that shape politics throughout the world. The authors draw on a rich fund of theory and refer to a number of national cases to discuss social change, institutional evolution and the prevailing political discourse in the Middle East and to offer new framework within which to analyse the process of democratization.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781850437482
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Pages: 450

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction: Where are the Democrats? 1
1 Democracy Without Democrats?: the potential for political liberalization in the Middle East 23
2 Democratization in the Arab World: uncertainty, vulnerability and legitimacy. A tentative conceptualization and some hypotheses 48
3 Small is Pluralistic: democracy as an instrument of civil peace 84
4 Populism Contra Democracy: recent democratist discourse in the Arab world 112
5 The Oil Rent, the Fiscal Crisis of the State and Democratization 130
6 Demographic Explosion or Social Upheaval? 156
7 Socio-economic Change and Political Mobilization: the case of Egypt 183
8 The Integration of the Integrists: a comparative study of Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia 200
9 Socio-economic Change and Political Implications: the Maghreb 227
l0 The Private Sector, Economic Liberalization, and the Prospects of Democratization: the case of Syria and some other Arab countries 243
11 Patronage and Solidarity Groups: survival or reformation? 270
12 Republican Trajectories in Iran and Turkey: a Tocquevillian reading 282
Bibliography 301
Index 329
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