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The Discreet Appeal of Authoritarianism

Agnieszka Paczynska

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/9780813034744.003.0003
The Discreet Appeal of Authoritarianism

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This chapter explores how relationships between regimes and opposition groups have augmented the ability of regimes to maneuver successfully through politically challenging times. It also explains some of the reasons for the resilience of liberal authoritarian regimes. Using Daniel Brumberg's classifications, these regimes include Morocco, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Algeria, and, to a lesser extent, Yemen. The region's regimes have benefited from a number of structural features and tactical decisions. Rents and external financial support from abroad, combined with the lack of serious pressure from Western donors to implement democratic reforms, have provided regimes with the resources that have facilitated their retention of control over political life. The regimes have also benefited from the type of oppositions they have faced.

Keywords: regimes; opposition groups; Daniel Brumberg's classifications; Western donors; democratic reforms

Chapter.  7943 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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