By J. Karakoç Bakis, Jülide Karakoç
Via a special choice of essays drawn from wealthy case reviews, Authoritarianism within the center East presents vital insights into the continuing instabilities of the center East, and the authoritarianism and democratisation techniques that experience ended in dramatic socio-political adjustments.
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143). In her view, the robustness of authoritarianism requires not only the capacity of coercive apparatus but also its will to repress opposition. Brownlee also underlined the relation between the capacity of the regime and its security apparatus. Both scholars refer to the Thead Skocpol’s (1979) thesis that revolutions are only accomplished when the state’s coercive apparatus loses its will or its capacity to repress its foes (Bellin, 2004, p. 143; Brownlee, 2007, p. 210). The empirical research of Albertus and Menaldo (2012) also proved that increased coercive capacity under autocracy has a strong negative impact on a country’s level of democracy as well as the likelihood of democratization.
Another result of his survey is that support for political Islam does not involve a rejection of democracy. According to Tessler, those with a more favorable view of Islamist movements and platforms are no 20 Selin M. Bölme less likely than others to favor political competition and to desire mechanisms to hold leaders accountable. These people do not see an incompatibility between democracy and Islamic governance. Rather, many of them complain about the current political system and support an alternative that incorporates both the democratic principles of choice and accountability and the Islamic principles of justice and protection of the weak (Tessler, 2002, p.
Bellin called this the region’s true exceptionalism (Bellin, 2004, p. 143). In her view, the robustness of authoritarianism requires not only the capacity of coercive apparatus but also its will to repress opposition. Brownlee also underlined the relation between the capacity of the regime and its security apparatus. Both scholars refer to the Thead Skocpol’s (1979) thesis that revolutions are only accomplished when the state’s coercive apparatus loses its will or its capacity to repress its foes (Bellin, 2004, p.
Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Before and After the Arab Uprisings by J. Karakoç Bakis, Jülide Karakoç