Searching Where the Light Shines: Studying Democratization in the Middle East

Posted: 10 Jan 2008

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Lisa Anderson

The American University in Cairo

Abstract

For several decades, political scientists who work on the Middle East have been asked by both disciplinary and policy audiences about the region's prospects for democratization. We encounter difficulties in answering that question because it arises from American disciplinary and policy preoccupations, not from regional political dynamics. As a result of those preoccupations, Middle East political scientists have neglected some of the major political forces in the region, while contributing to the development of general comparative theories of democracy and democratization only at the margins.

Keywords: democracy, policy, democracy promotion, area studies, Arab world

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Lisa, Searching Where the Light Shines: Studying Democratization in the Middle East. Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 9, June 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1082028

Lisa Anderson (Contact Author)

The American University in Cairo ( email )

113 Kasr El Aini St., P.O. Box 2511
Cairo 11511
United States

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