Democratization in the Arab World? The Trap of Liberalized Autocracy

Issue Date October 2002
Volume 13
Issue 4
Page Numbers 56-68
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Politics in the Arab Middle East is often a matter of powerholders first liberalizing — and then “deliberalizing” — public life in order to first maintain their rule. But this “survival strategy” is a dead end.

About the Author

Daniel Brumberg is associate professor of government and director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University, and a senior nonresident fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED).

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