Stories of Democracy: Politics and Society in Contemporary Kuwait

Stories of Democracy: Politics and Society in Contemporary Kuwait

by Mary Ann Tetreault, Mary Ann Titreault, Mary Ann Ta(c)Treault
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231114893

ISBN-13: 9780231114899

Pub. Date: 05/25/2000

Publisher: Columbia University Press

A sophisticated investigation of the shifting tides of democratic governance in modern Kuwait from 1921 to the present based on interviews both with political activists and members of the political elite, Stories of Democracy sheds light on a wide array of issues concerning Middle Eastern politics and democratic institutions in general.

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Overview

A sophisticated investigation of the shifting tides of democratic governance in modern Kuwait from 1921 to the present based on interviews both with political activists and members of the political elite, Stories of Democracy sheds light on a wide array of issues concerning Middle Eastern politics and democratic institutions in general.

Mary Ann Tétreault explores how various political factions have sought to advance their own notions of Kuwaiti history and politics through distinctive popular appeals: (1) pro-democracy forces focusing on Kuwait's relationship to the universal values of the democratic world around them, and (2) anti-democrats proffering Arab and Muslim religious and cultural traditions. She explores how such dramatic events as the suspension of the Kuwaiti constitution in 1986 and the invasion by Iraq in 1990 occasioned major shifts in the course of the democracy movement. The current running through virtually all of the nation's political drama is the monolithic Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), used by the government as an instrument of economic strength to safeguard sovereignty in the absence of military might.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231114899
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/25/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsAbbreviations1. Introduction2. Citizens and States3. Stories of State and Society4. Democratic Structures and Practices, 1921-19905. Iraqi Occupation and Kuwaiti Democracy6. The Election of 19927. Back to the Future: The Return of Normal Politics8. Getting By with a Little Help from Our Friends9. Stories of DemocracyNotesBibliographyIndex

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