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Introduction

Holger Albrecht

in Contentious Politics in the Middle East

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034744
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039077 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034744.003.0001
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This book provides a forum for experts from Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. It consists of a number of case studies, covering the most important countries in these regions, as well as comparative or theoretical accounts. It combines contributions focusing on contemporary politics with chapters endorsing a historical perspective on the development of political oppositions. Important topics include the degree of political contestation and competition, forms and expressions of political opposition, the changing constraints, and opportunities of opposition groups, state institutions governing opposition activism, the role of external players and the international arena, and possible future developments. Contributions are organized into four parts: conceptual and historical approaches to opposition politics in the MENA, opposition in civil society, Islamist movements between opposition, resistance, and inclusion, and intra-elitist contention and opposition within authoritarian states.

Keywords: Europe; Middle East; United States; political oppositions; Islamist movements

Chapter.  5785 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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