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Structuring Conflict in the Arab World Incumbents, Opponents, and Institutions

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ISBN-10: 0521032865

ISBN-13: 9780521032865

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ellen Lust-Okar

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This book examines how ruling elites manage and manipulate their political opposition in the Middle East. In contrast to discussions of government-opposition relations that focus on how rulers either punish or co-opt opponents, this book focuses on the effect of institutional rules governing the opposition. It argues rules determining who is and is not allowed to participate in the formal political arena affect not only the relationships between opponents and the state, but also between various opposition groups. This affects the dynamics of opposition during prolonged economic crises. It also affects the informal strategies that ruling elites use toward opponents. The argument is presented…    
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Book details

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/25/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.94" wide x 9.02" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Ellen Lust-Okar is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. She received her M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She has studied and conducted research in Jordan, Morocco, Israel, Palestine and Syria, and her work examining the relationships between states and oppositions has appeared in Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and other volumes. She is currently working on a second manuscript, Linking Domestic and International Conflict: The Case of Middle East Rivalries, with Paul Huth at the University of…    

List of figures and tables
A note on the use of language
The manipulation of political opposition
Structures of contestation
Playing by the rules: the inclusion and exclusion of political oppositions
Dynamics of opposition in unified SoCs
Opposition dynamics in divided SoCs
Formal SoCs and informal political manipulation
Appendix: political forces in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco