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The Middle East’s Democracy Deficit in Comparative Perspective
The Middle East's democracy deficit is a product of the patterns of political and economic development in the region. It is not because the region is predominantly Islamic or is somehow afflicted by purportedly undemocratic ...
Pseudo-Democratic Politics and Populist Possibilities: The Rise and Demise of the Refah Party in Turkey
Within the span of only a few years, Turkish politics witnessed the dramatic rise and fall of the Refah Party. This transformation from relative obscurity to the head of a ruling coalition and eventual banning was caused ...
Royal Factionalism and Political Liberalization in Qatar
(Middle East Institute, 2009)
Qatar's much publicized liberalization campaign that began in the mid-1990s was a direct result of efforts by the new Amir, Shaykh Hamad, to compensate for his fragile base of support within the ruling Al Thani family by ...
Revolution Revisited: the Structuralist-Voluntarist Debate
(Cambridge University Press, 1999)
There are three ideal types of revolutions: spontaneous, planned and negotiated. The role and importance of structural factors versus human agency vary according to the general category to which a particular revolution ...
The Middle East and the Question of Democracy
This survey of the state of democracy in "Third World" countries explores both the domestic and international factors influencing democratization through the use of theoretical and empirical approaches. Contributors examine ...