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    Role and strength of institutions: the contrasting cases of Iran and Iraq

    Zubaida, Sami (2010) Role and strength of institutions: the contrasting cases of Iran and Iraq. In: Ozdalga, E. and Persson, S. (eds.) Contested Sovereignties: Government and Democracy in Middle Eastern and European Perspectives. Istanbul, Turkey: Swedish Research Institute, pp. 121-130. ISBN 9789197881302.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: The relationship between constitutional arrangements and democratic developments has long been a topic of debate among political scientists and jurists. This new book explores these questions with special reference to the Middle East, where political instability and problems related to the consolidation of nation states are particularly acute. Taking the political crisis over the presidential election in Turkey in 2007 as its starting point, the book provides in depth analysis of how these events illustrated the ways in which the constitution and its supporting institutions could be mobilized for narrow and highly controversial political purposes. Questions of state sovereignty are then explored in the cases of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine and Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco, contrasting them with European examples such as Sweden's constitutional arrangement in relation to its monarchy, and the European Union's current constitutional transformation. This is an important book for students and scholars interested in contemporary and historical perspectives on issues of nation building, state sovereignty and democracy in Europe and the Middle East.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 13:37
    Last Modified: 19 Nov 2013 13:37
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8737

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