1st Edition

Good Governance and Civil–Security Relations A Comparative Study of Turkey and Egypt

By Ahmed Abd Rabou Copyright 2021
    186 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    186 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Developing the traditional civil-military relations approach to include security actors, the book compares the style of civil-security relations in both Egypt and Turkey. The volume comprehends the competition between civilian actors and military and security actors to impose control over the political regimes in transition and how this is related to the issue of good governance and democratization.

    The Egyptian and Turkish cases are viably comparable in terms of the status of civil-security relations and level of civilian control, specifically considering the different outcomes of the latest military putsches in both country (2013 in Egypt and 2016 in Turkey), and the extended experiences of both countries with a strong military influence and presence in politics. The different responses of the Egyptian and Turkish publics to the coup attempts invite an interesting comparison, especially given that in both cases, the public was the decisive factor in the success or failure of the coup.

    Focusing on civil-security relations within the broader context of good governance and democracy in Egypt and Turkey this book will be a key resource for students and scholars interested in political science, specifically comparative government studies and Middle East studies.


    1. Theory of Civil-Security Relations

    2. Turkish Civil-Security Relations: A Historical Account

    3. Civil-Security Relations in Egypt: A Historical Account

    4. Civil-Security Relations in Post-AKP Turkey

    5. Civil-Security Relations in Post Revolution Egypt

    6. Conclusions and Policy Recommendations


    Ahmed Abd Rabou is currently visiting assistant-professor at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, on a long leave from his tenured position at Cairo University. His research interests are on Islam and Politics, Civil-Military relations, and democratization in Middle eastern and Asian studies.