Show Me the Money!

Francesco Cavatorta and Azzam Elananza

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:
Show Me the Money!

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Divide-and-conquer strategies have always been a characteristic of governance in Arab regimes as authoritarian rulers have used a mix of co-optation and repression to survive in power. In the past, such strategies were possible and successful because of the inherent strength of the regimes themselves, which had significant material and ideological resources at their disposal. Today, the same regimes have been severely weakened in both aspects and face an international system that, at least rhetorically, is much less tolerant toward authoritarianism and abuses of human rights than in the past. In spite of these odds, however, all Arab regimes, with the exception of Iraq, have survived. It is the dynamics of interactions among political actors within a set of institutional constraints that explains the persistence of authoritarian rule.

Keywords: divide-and-conquer strategies; Arab regimes; authoritarianism; Iraq; authoritarian rule

Chapter.  8322 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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