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Muslim Democratic Parties in the Middle East: Economy and Politics of Islamist Moderation (Hardcover)

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A.Kadir Yildirim and other scholars have used the term Muslim Democrat to describe moderate Islamist political parties, suggesting a parallel with Christian Democratic parties in Europe. These parties (MDPs) are marked by their adherence to a secular political regime, normative commitment to the rules of a democratic political system, and the democratic political representation of a religious identity. In this book, Yildirim draws on extensive field research in Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco to examine this phenomenon and assess the interaction of economic and political factors in the development of MDPs. Distinguishing between competitive economic] liberalization and crony liberalization, he argues that MDPs are more likely to emerge and succeed in the context of the former. He summarizes that the broader implication is that the economic liberalization models adopted by governments in the region in the wake of the Arab Spring have significant implications for the future direction of party systems and democratic reform.

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A.Kadir Yildirim is a research scholar at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780253022813
ISBN-10: 0253022819
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: September 26th, 2016
Pages: 298
Language: English
Series: Middle East Studies

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