Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring

Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring

by Michael Willis
     
 

The world was stunned when the entrenched regime of Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown on January 14, 2011. This massive popular revolt shook the foundations of a small country, and its profound ramifications have echoed throughout the wider Arab world. Many wondered why they had failed to grasp the extent of Tunisia's unrest. They also recognized a

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The world was stunned when the entrenched regime of Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown on January 14, 2011. This massive popular revolt shook the foundations of a small country, and its profound ramifications have echoed throughout the wider Arab world. Many wondered why they had failed to grasp the extent of Tunisia's unrest. They also recognized a general ignorance about the parts of the Arab world surrounding Tunisia, particularly the Maghreb region, which attracts only a fraction of the foreign interest largely directed toward Egypt, the Levant, and the Gulf.

This book examines the politics of three important players in the central Maghreb — Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco — since they gained independence from European colonial rule in the 1950s and 1960s. Michael J. Willis maps the political dynamics of the region by focusing on the roles played by multiple actors, including the military, various political parties, and Islamist movements. He also examines cultural issues, such as the evolution and importance of Berber identity, and carefully weighs social and economic factors. Finally, he explores the relationship among the three states of the Maghreb and delves into the motivations driving their behavior toward outside powers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231703246
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/21/2012
Series:
Columbia/Hurst Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 4.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Willis is King Mohamed VI Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies at St. Antony's College, Oxford University. Previously he taught politics at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. His research focuses on the politics, modern history, and international relations of the Maghreb. His publications include The Islamist Challenge in Algeria: A Political History.

Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration vii

Introduction 1

1 The Imprint of History 9

2 Post-Independence State-Building 37

3 The Military 81

4 Political Parties 121

5 Islamist Movements 155

6 The Berber Question 203

7 Politics and Economics 231

8 Regional Relations 265

9 International Relations 293

Conclusion 335

Notes 341

Select Bibliography 387

Index 395

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