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Political opposition in civil society. An analysis of the interactions of secular and religious associations in Algeria and Jordan

Cavatorta, Francesco and Elananza, Azzam (2008) Political opposition in civil society. An analysis of the interactions of secular and religious associations in Algeria and Jordan. Government and Opposition, 43 (4). pp. 561-578. ISSN 1477-7053

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Abstract

The lack of effective political parties is one of the dominant characteristics of modern Arab polities. The role of opposition to the authoritarian regimes is therefore left to a number of civil society organizations. This study examines the interactions among such groups in the context of the traditional transition paradigm and it analyses specifically how religious and secular organizations operate and interact. The empirical evidence shows that such groups, far from attempting any serious coalition-building to make common demands for democracy on the regime, have a competitive relationship because of their ideological differences and conflicting policy preferences. This strengthens authoritarian rule even in the absence of popular legitimacy. The article focuses its attention on Algeria and Jordan.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Subjects: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
Publisher:Blackwell Publishing
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-7053.2008.00263.x
Copyright Information:The definitive version of this paper is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-7053.2008.00263.x
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:487
Deposited On:03 Oct 2008 12:53 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 01 Oct 2010 04:02

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