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Constitutional Reform and Political Participation in the Gulf [Paperback]

By Khalaf Abdulhadi (Editor) & Giacomo Luciani (Editor)
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The debate on political reform in the Gulf states has intensified dramatically in recent years. However, discourse on the topic is usually couched in terms of authoritarianism vs. democratisation. However, a more appropriate angle from which to view it, argues this new book, is in terms of the evolution of Gulf constitutions and the widening of political participation. The contributors demonstrate that constitutional reforms have so far served the purpose of consolidating the absolute power of the rulers but have also allowed the progressive development of institutions whose representative character and influence on the policy-making process has been growing. Political participation has considerably widened -- partly thanks to these new or strengthened institutions -- but even more so because of the increased access to information and freedom of expression brought about by the IT revolution. None of the Gulf regimes is truly democratic, and a long evolution will probably be necessary before they can be recognised as such. Nevertheless, this book demonstrates that real change is taking place and that prospects for political reform in the Gulf may even be better than in the rest of the Arab world.

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Studio: Gulf Research Center
Pages   307
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.16 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 15, 2008
Publisher   Gulf Research Center
ISBN  9948432533  
ISBN13  9789948432531  

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