Stories of Democracy
Politics and Society in Contemporary Kuwait
By (author) Professor Mary Ann Tetreault
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Stories of Democracy by Professor Mary Ann Tetreault
Book DescriptionA sophisticated investigation of the shifting tides of democratic governance in modern Kuwait from 1921 to the present based on interviews both with political activists and members of the political elite, Stories of Democracy sheds light on a wide array of issues concerning Middle Eastern politics and democratic institutions in general. Mary Ann T treault explores how various political factions have sought to advance their own notions of Kuwaiti history and politics through distinctive popular appeals: (1) pro-democracy forces focusing on Kuwait's relationship to the universal values of the democratic world around them, and (2) anti-democrats proffering Arab and Muslim religious and cultural traditions. She explores how such dramatic events as the suspension of the Kuwaiti constitution in 1986 and the invasion by Iraq in 1990 occasioned major shifts in the course of the democracy movement. The current running through virtually all of the nation's political drama is the monolithic Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), used by the government as an instrument of economic strength to safeguard sovereignty in the absence of military might.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231114899
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 11-May-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Professor Mary Ann Tetreault
Rethinking Global Political Economy, Hardback (September 2003)
Innovative approaches to the fundamental issues of the global political economy, in particular post Cold War development, analyses of capital and negative aspects of globalization.
Women, States and Nationalism, Hardback (May 2000)» View all books by Professor Mary Ann Tetreault
This timely volume is a highly valuable resource for students and scholars of nationalism, international studies and women's studies.
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Author Biography - Professor Mary Ann Tetreault
Mary Ann T treault is a professor of political science at Iowa State University in Ames.
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