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'Divided they stand, divided they fail': opposition politics in Morocco

Cavatorta, Francesco (2009) 'Divided they stand, divided they fail': opposition politics in Morocco. Democratization, 16 (1). pp. 137-156. ISSN 1743-890X

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The literature on democratization emphasises how authoritarian constraints usually lead genuine opposition parties and movements to form alliances in order to make demands for reform to the authoritarian regime. There is significant empirical evidence to support this theoretical point. While this trend is partly visible in the Middle East and North Africa, such coalitions are usually short-lived and limited to a single issue, never reaching the stage of formal and organic alliances. This article, using the case of Morocco, seeks to explain this puzzle by focusing on ideological and strategic differences that exist between the Islamist and the secular/liberal sectors of civil society, where significant opposition politics occurs. In addition, this article also aims to explain how pro-democracy strategies of the European Union further widen this divide, functioning as a key obstacle to democratic reforms.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:civil society; European Union; coalition-building; Islamic state;
Subjects:Social Sciences > International relations
Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
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Copyright Information:© 2009 Taylor and Francis
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:4504
Deposited On:16 Apr 2009 10:59 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 01 Aug 2010 04:02

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