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Democratization in the Arab world: challenges and setbacks

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Radu, Aitana

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Abstract This study aims to answer a basic question in connection with the Arab world, namely what are the reasons standing behind the Middle East’s unique resilience toward democracy. In so doing I start with an evaluation of the main theories on this subject and then proceed to an extensive analysis of the nature and typology of Arab authoritarian regimes. This article concludes with a brief overview of the electoral process in the Middle East, as an indicator of democratization failure in the region.
Keywords Arab countries; democratization; modernization theory; authoritarianism; political reform; election
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 515-531
Journal Studia Politica : Romanian Political Science Review, 9 (2009) 3
ISSN 1582-4551
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works