Democratization in the Middle East and North Africa : a more ambidextrous process?
Mediterranean politics, 2017, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 443-463
SCHMITTER, Philippe C., SIKA, Nadine, Democratization in the Middle East and North Africa : a more ambidextrous process?, Mediterranean politics, 2017, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 443-463 - http://hdl.handle.net/1814/59782
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Democratization is always an ambidextrous process. On the one hand, it triggers a universalistic set of norms, events, processes and symbols. On the other hand, democratization involves a much more particularistic set of realistic' adaptations to the structures and circumstances of individual countries. In analysing the structures and conjunctures of countries in the Arab World during the past decades, scholars looked at them from the perspective of persistent authoritarianism. This essay exploits democratization theory - as well as its converse by analysing the universalistic set of events, processes and symbols of democratization elsewhere in the world, and then identifying the particularistic characteristics of timing, location and coincidence that seem likely to affect the political outcome of regime change in the countries affected by recent popular uprisings in the Arab World.
Published online: 05 Sep 2016
Cadmus permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/59782
Full-text via DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2016.1220109
ISSN: 1362-9395; 1743-9418
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
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