Authoritarianism in the Middle East

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Authoritarianism in the Middle East How authoritarian is the Middle East? Only region that was bypassed by various waves of democratization around the world Partially explained by exceptional longevity of regimes o Both monarchs and presidents have learned how to stay in power despite internal and external pressure Most regimes are hegemonic authoritarian, not closed authorities o Most are not extremely authoritarian, they just are not democratic o Most states are “partly free” What explains authoritarianism in the Middle East? Prerequisites literature Modernization more democracy Ethnic fractionalization o National unity is the only necessary and sufficient precondition for democracy Economic performance o High levels of economic performance more democracy Political Economy Economic crises demands for political reform democracy Rentierism no taxation=no democracy o People won’t make demands on the state if they have everything
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course PSC 001 taught by Professor Teitelbaum during the Spring '08 term at GWU.

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