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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 ...