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    Does participation lead to moderation? Understanding changes in Egyptian Islamist parties post-Arab Spring

    Zollner, Barbara (2018) Does participation lead to moderation? Understanding changes in Egyptian Islamist parties post-Arab Spring. In: Kraetzschmar, H. and Rivetti, P. (eds.) Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9781474419260. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    Is it still important to consider the issue of participation and moderation in post-Spring Egypt? The question of inclusion and moderation was at the heart of debates about the prospect of the ‘taming’ of Islamist movements and parties throughout the early 2000s, that is at a time when democratisation seemed to be a possibility, albeit a distant one. In the post-Spring era, which saw the return of an authoritarian regime under President ‘Abd al-Fatah al-Sisi, there seems to be little taste for discussing whether there is still scope for the inclusion of Islamists in the political system. Yet, there is good reason to stipulate an ongoing relevance of this topic, particularly when studying Egypt’s Islamist parties in the post-Spring setting. The aim of this chapter is to critically examine the ‘participation-moderation’ thesis and, moreover, to engage in an original analysis of the political trajectories of Islamist parties in post-Spring Egypt. Focusing on those Islamist parties which demonstrated considerable influence in the period of democratic transition, in particular, the 2011/12 parliamentary elections as well as in the post-coup parliamentary elections of 2015, we can see that Salafi parties choose to participate for strategic reasons while reformist Islamist parties opted for non-participation. While the participation-moderation thesis remains a good starting point for analysing Islamist movements, the chapter reveals that the model has conceptual limitations with regards to the predicting ideological reform.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Barbara Zollner
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2017 07:54
    Last Modified: 12 Feb 2021 06:15
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/20331

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