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Rethinking Arab DemocratizationElections without Democracy$
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Larbi Sadiki

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562985

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562985.001.0001

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Mapping out Arab Electoralism, 1998–2008

Mapping out Arab Electoralism, 1998–2008

(p.60) 2 Mapping out Arab Electoralism, 1998–2008
Rethinking Arab Democratization

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This chapter explicates and captures the essence of the explosion of ‘election fetishism’ and ‘electoralism’ in the Arab Middle East. It prefaces this with a historicization of ‘electoralism’ in the pre-colonial and colonial period. Specifically, it critiques the phenomenon of ‘election fetishism’ during the 1998-2008 period. It argues that ‘election fetishism’ accounts for the routinization of ‘electoralism’ in the cluster of Arab states which have held elections since the 1980s, and for ‘parliamentarization’ in the Arab region. The chapter also seeks to critically assess the initiation of ‘electoralism’ in the Arab Gulf, The Occupied Territories Palestine, and occupied Iraq, noting the factors that vitiate such undertakings.

Keywords:   Arab election fetishism, democratization, parliamentarization, electoral routinization, electoral initiation, human rights, consolidation, occupied Iraq

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