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When victory is not an option : Islamist movements in Arab politics

Author: Nathan J Brown
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Throughout the Arab world, Islamist political movements are joining the electoral process. This change alarms some observers and excites other. In recent years, electoral opportunities have opened, and Islamist movements have seized them. But those opportunities, while real, have also been sharply circumscribed. Elections may be freer, but they are not fair. The opposition can run but it generally cannot win.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nathan J Brown
ISBN: 9780801450365 0801450365 9780801477720 0801477727
OCLC Number: 752286982
Description: xii, 260 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Partially political movements in semiauthoritarian systems --
Running to lose? : elections, authoritarianism, and Islamist movements --
Beyond analogy mongering : ideological movements and the debate over the primacy of politics --
The model and the mother movement --
The model in practice in four semiauthoritarian settings --
Can Islamists party? : political participation and organizational change --
Ideological change : flirtation and commitment --
Arab politics and societies as they might be --
Islamist parties and Arab political systems as they are.
Responsibility: Nathan J. Brown.

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"Throughout the Arab world, Islamist political movements are joining the electoral process. This change alarms some observers and excites other. In recent years, electoral opportunities have opened, and Islamist movements have seized them. But those opportunities, while real, have also been sharply circumscribed. Elections may be freer, but they are not fair. The opposition can run but it generally cannot win. Semiauthoritarian conditions prevail in much of the Arab world, even in the wake of the Arab Spring. How do Islamist movements change when they plunge into freer but unfair elections? How do their organizations (such as the Muslim Brotherhood) and structures evolve? What happens to their core ideological principles? And how might their increased involvement affect the political system? In When Victory Is Not an Option, Nathan J. Brown addresses these questions by focusing on Islamist movements in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and Palestine."--Page 4 of cover.

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