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Contentious Politics in the Middle EastPolitical Opposition under Authoritarianism$
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Holger Albrecht

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034744

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034744.001.0001

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The Discreet Appeal of Authoritarianism

The Discreet Appeal of Authoritarianism

Political Bargains and Stability of Liberal Authoritarian Regimes in the Middle East

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Contentious Politics in the Middle East

Agnieszka Paczynska

University Press of Florida

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

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