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Rethinking Arab Democratization: Elections without Democracy

Larbi Sadiki


This book unpacks and historicizes the rise of Arab electoralism, narrating the story of stalled democratic transition in the Arab Middle East. It provides a balance sheet of the state of Arab democratization from the mid-1970s up to 2008. In seeking to answer the question of how Arab countries democratize and whether they are democratizing at all, the book pays attention to specificity, highlighting the peculiarities of democratic transitions in the Arab Middle East. To this end, it situates the discussion of such transitions firmly within their local contexts, but without losing sight of the ... More

Keywords: stalled democratization, anti-foundationalism, Orientalism, fixity, US democracy promotion, indeterminate democratization, specificity, silenced voices, Arab Middle East, Islamists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199562985
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562985.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Larbi Sadiki, author
Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics, University of Exeter.
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