Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey

Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey

by Steven A. Cook
     
 

Ruling But Not Governing highlights the critical role that the military plays in the stability of the Egyptian, Algerian, and, until recently, Turkish political systems. This in-depth study demonstrates that while the soldiers and materiel of Middle Eastern militaries form the obvious outer perimeter of regime protection, it is actually the less apparent,

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Ruling But Not Governing highlights the critical role that the military plays in the stability of the Egyptian, Algerian, and, until recently, Turkish political systems. This in-depth study demonstrates that while the soldiers and materiel of Middle Eastern militaries form the obvious outer perimeter of regime protection, it is actually the less apparent, multilayered institutional legacies of military domination that play the decisive role in regime maintenance.

Steven A. Cook uncovers the complex and nuanced character of the military’s interest in maintaining a facade of democracy. He explores how an authoritarian elite hijack seemingly democratic practices such as elections, multiparty politics, and a relatively freer press as part of a strategy to ensure the durability of authoritarian systems.

Using Turkey’s recent reforms as a point of departure, the study also explores ways external political actors can improve the likelihood of political change in Egypt and Algeria. Ruling But Not Governing provides valuable insight into the political dynamics that perpetuate authoritarian regimes and offers novel ways to promote democratic change.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801885914
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/13/2007
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,018,980
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
A Logic of Regime Stability     1
The Egyptian, Algerian, and Turkish Military Enclaves: The Contours of the Officers' Autonomy     14
The Pouvoir Militaire and the Failure to Achieve a "Just Mean"     32
Institutionalizing a Military-Founded System     63
Turkish Paradox: Islamist Political Power and the Kemalist Political Order     93
Toward a Democratic Transition?: Weakening the Patterns of Political Inclusion and Exclusion     133
Notes     149
Index     183

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