The collapse of authoritarian regimes and the global resurgence of liberal democracy has led to a renewed interest in constitutions and constitutionalism among scholars and political activists alike. This book uses the Arab experience to explain the appeal of constitutional documents to authoritarian regimes and assesses the degree to which such constitutions can be used in the effort to make the regimes more accountable.
About the Author
Nathan J. Brown is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University. He is the author of The Rule of Law in the Arab World: Courts in Egypt and the Gulf and Peasant Politics in Modern Egypt: The Struggle Against the State.
Table of ContentsForeword
Part One The Purposes of Arab Constitutions
Introduction: Constitutions in a Nonconstitutional World
1. Early Constitutional Documents in the Middle East
2. Constitutions and Arab Monarchies
3. Republican Constitutions
Conclusion to Part One: The Purposes of Arab Constitutions
Part Two Constitutional Possibilities in the Arab World
Introduction: Constitutions and Constitutionalism
4. Parliamentarism and Constitutional Possibilities in the Arab World
5. Judicial Review in Arab Constitutional Systems
6. Islamic Constitutionalism
Conclusion: Lessons from the Arab Constitutional Experience