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Routledge Handbook on Political Parties in the Middle East and North Africa

Edited by: Francesco Cavatorta , Lise Storm , Valeria Resta

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367219864
eBook ISBN: 9780429269219
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This comprehensive Handbook analyses the political parties and party systems across the Middle East and North Africa. Providing an in-depth, empirically grounded and novel study of political parties, the volume focuses on a region where they have been traditionally and often erroneously dismissed.

The book is divided into five sections, examining:

  • the trajectories of Islamist, Salafi, leftist, liberal, nationalist, and personalistic parties drawing from different countries;
  • the role political parties play in authoritarian and semi-authoritarian countries;
  • the centrality of political parties in democratic or democratising settings;
  • the relationship between parties and specific social constituencies, ranging from women to youth to tribes and sects; and
  • the policy positions of parties on a number of issues, including neo-liberal economics, identity, foreign policy and the role of violence.

This wide-ranging and systematic analysis is a key resource for students and scholars interested in party politics, democratization and authoritarianism, and the Middle East and North Africa.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Political parties in MENA Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The rise and fall of the Arab Left Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The establishment and success of Islamist parties Download PDF
Chapter  4:  New kids on the block Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Inheriting the past Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Liberal-secular parties in Arab political systems Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Personalism in MENA politics Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Political parties under competitive authoritarianism Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Political intermediation in the Arabian Peninsula Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Pawns in the army’s hands Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Party politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Coping with occupation Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The delegitimation of political parties in democratic Tunisia Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Consociationalism and political parties in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Dominance and democratic backsliding under AKP rule in Turkey Download PDF
Chapter  16:  “Conventio ad excludendum” Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Party politics in quasi-states Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Youth activism and political parties Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Tribes and political parties in the contemporary Arab world Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Women in Arab political parties Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Shi’a Islamist parties in Iraq Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Armenian political parties in Lebanon Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The workers and the Left are not one hand Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Urban bias, rural embeddedness Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Political parties and neo-liberal economics1 Download PDF
Chapter  26:  “The Terminal” Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Islamist political parties, international relations, and foreign policy Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Between the battlefield and the ballot box Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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