Description - Democratic Transitions in the Arab World by Ibrahim Elbadawi
In the wake of the unprecedented uprisings that swept across North Africa and the Middle East in late 2010 and 2011, there was much speculation that these events heralded the beginning of a new age of democratic transition across the region. The result of a four-year research project, this book offers a cross-country analysis of the dynamics of democratic transition and of the state of democracy and authoritarianism from Tunisia, Sudan and Egypt to Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon. Elbadawi and Makdisi identify specific economic, political and social conditions influencing the transition across the region and in each of the individual countries, as well as the requisite conditions for consolidating democracy once the process is initiated. It examines the struggling, halted and painful transitions, where these have for the time being failed, as well as instances in which democratic consolidation can be observed. This is a unique and wide-ranging examination of Arab development and democracy for those examining the fate of authoritarian regimes.
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(227mm x 151mm x 18mm)
Cambridge University Press
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Author Biography - Ibrahim Elbadawi
Ibrahim Elbadawi is Director of the Macroeconomics Research and Forecasting Department at the Dubai Economic Council and Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC. Until recently, he was Lead Economist at the Development Research Group of The World Bank. Samir Makdisi is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. He is the co-editor (with Ibrahim Elbadawi) of Democracy in the Arab World: Explaining the Deficit (2011), and has contributed numerous articles and chapters on the subject.
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