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The euphoria and promise that accompanied the Arab Spring has been replaced with a business-as-usual tone in the MENA. Revolutionary shifts in political and religious power have been tempered and, in some cases, reversed. Observers should not be surprised at these outcomes, but skeptics would be advised to remain attentive to regional factors that continue to present potentials for reform. This volume examines a variety of such factors as mediators of MENA political reform, including: Islam, political party and government relations, regime type, elite influence, and Internet access. By providing both a broad review of the relevant literatures and a flexible assessment of the region's political prospects in the post-Spring period, the volume leverages insights from a series of regional experts and political analysts to offer a useful contribution to the continuing work of reform by MENA scholars, policymakers, and the general public.

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ISBN-13: 9780739135822
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Brian Robert Calfano is associate professor of political science at Missouri State University.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction. Brian Calfano and Marcus Marktanner Chapter Two: The Arab Popular Uprisings. Brian Calfano and Emile Sahliyeh Chapter Three: Islam and Interpretive Ingenuities. Brian Calfano and Lynne Alisé Lofftus Chapter Four: Parties as Political Forces in the Maghreb. Abdelhak Azzouzi Chapter Five: How Green is the Spring? Comparing the Iranian and the Arab Pro-democracy Movements. Mahmoud Sadri and Nader Hashemi Chapter Six. Oil and Economic Liberalism in the MENA. Mehmet Gurses Chapter Seven. Does Regime Type Make a Difference for MENA Reform? Todd Spinks, Brian Calfano, and Emile Sahliyeh Chapter Eight. Elite-Led Consideration of the Role of Women in MENA Politics: Some Initial Experimental Findings. Brian Calfano, Marcus Marktanner, and Christina Michelmore Chapter Nine. Transmitting Reform? The Media's Effect on MENA Democracy and Human Rights. Brian Calfano and Emile Sahliyeh Chapter Ten. MENA and the Internet: Technology and the Democratic Divide. Jason Gainous and Kevin Wagner Chapter Eleven. Concluding Observations and Recommendations. Brian Calfano

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