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Non-Democratic Legitimacy During the Arab Spring, Defending Dictatorship, by Nicolai Due-Gundersen

This book analyzes non-democratic legitimacy during the Arab Spring. During this historic event, monarchs and presidents were forced to defend their rule, whether through Islam, the cultural image of paternalism or the cash flow of welfare. Can Arab leaders still justify apolitical reigns? Are monarchies more respected than republicans or are they too under threat? The author traces the history of apolitical rule in the Arab world, from Islamic roots to the role of Arab leaders in merging religion with socio-economic benefits and cosmetic liberalization. Finally, analysis of speeches given by leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Bahrain in response to the Arab Spring are considered. When protesters took to the streets with their slogans, the regimes talked back. This work discusses the weight of their words and why some leaders survived unrest while others were overthrown. Nicolai Due-Gundersen is a London-based lecturer and political analyst affiliated with the United Nations. He is also a political commentator and has appeared on Al Jazeera and CGTN and is author of The Privatization of Warfare.--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction -- Chapter 2: A Historical Overview of MENA Politics Leading up to the Arab Spring -- Chapter 3: Case Studies -- Chapter 4: The Speeches Defending Dictatorship during the Arab Spring -- Chapter 5: Tyranny and the Constitution: Formalizing Dictatorship during the Arab Spring -- Chapter 6: Conclusion
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed. 2022.
Physical Description
1 online resource (VI, 242 pages), 1 illustration
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