Enduring Ambiguity: Sunni Community-Syrian Regime Dynamics
Mediterranean Politics, 2010, 15, 3, 435-452
DONKER, Teije Hidde, Enduring Ambiguity: Sunni Community-Syrian Regime Dynamics, Mediterranean Politics, 2010, 15, 3, 435-452 - http://hdl.handle.net/1814/16446
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The paper's central thesis is that authoritarian regimes can benefit from the presence of domestic (Sunni) civil activism; through a social dynamic that creates an incentive for Sunni activists to actively approach regime actors. The article poses that they thereby imply a subservience to the regime and ascribe authority to it. This dynamic is a result of a social convention that outlines how bargaining, accommodation and coalition management between regime and Sunni actors should evolve. This convention emerges as reaction to the ambiguous nature of state repression vis-a-vis Sunni civil activism.
Cadmus permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/16446
Full-text via DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2010.517112
Publisher: Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd
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