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Routledge Handbook on Elections in the Middle East and North Africa

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ISBN 9781032028743
March 20, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
520 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook analyses elections in the Middle East and North Africa and seeks to overcome normative assumptions about the linkage between democracy and elections.

Structured using five thematic sections, contributors provide chapters detailing how their case studies speak to the broad theme, while also detailing how their studies illustrate specific themes within individual country settings. Authors disentangle the various aspects informing elections as process in the Middle East through taking into account the different contexts where the electoral contest occurs and placing these into a broader comparative context. The findings from this handbook connect with global electoral developments, empirically demonstrating that there is very little that is ‘exceptional’ about the Middle East and North Africa when it comes to electoral contests.

The Routledge Handbook on Elections in the Middle East and North Africa is the first book to examine all aspects related to elections in the Middle East and North Africa. Through such comprehensive coverage and systematic analysis, it will be a key resource for students and scholars interested in politics, elections, and democracy, in the Middle East and North Africa.

Table of Contents

1. Elections in the Middle East and North Africa

Francesco Cavatorta and Valeria Resta

Part 1: Elections in authoritarian settings

2. The functions of authoritarian elections: symbolism, safety valves and clientelism

Matt Buehler and Calista Boyd

3. Elections and the management of plurality in Algeria

Thomas Serres

4. Parliamentary elections under Mohamed VI’s reign (2002-2021)

Inmaculada Szmolka

5. Electoral districts in Jordan: an analytical study

Mohamed Torki Bani Salameh

6. Elections in Mauritania: the role of the military

Raquel Ojeda-Garcia and Samara Lopez-Ruiz

7. "Only Me": Repression, Legal Engineering, and State-Managed Elections in Sisi’s Egypt

Hesham Sellam

Part 2: Elections in democratic and quasi-democratic settings

8. Israel's Electoral System and Political Instability: Electoral Fragmentation, Party Unity and the Prime Ministers' Political Leadership

Maoz Rosenthal

9. When free and fair elections are not enough. Party fragmentation and unaccountability in Tunisia

Ester Sigillò

10. Pre-electoral coalitions in Iraq: the case of the Communist-Sadrist alliance

Paride Turlione

11. Elections and democratic backsliding in Turkey

Sebnem Gumuscu

12. From one-sect one-vote to one-man one-vote? Demands for reforming the electoral system in Lebanon

Rosita Di Peri

13. Competition under systemic religious constraints: presidential elections in Iran

Pejman Abdolmohammadi

Part 3: Rules, institutions and the infrastructure of elections

14. The management of elections in Tunisia: the Independent High Authority for Elections

Mohamed Chafik Sarsar and Nidhal Mekki

15. Partial and non-partisan: the municipal council elections in Saudi Arabia

Hendrik Kraetzschmar

16. Elections in the Arab world: international monitoring and assistance

Pietro Marzo

17. The independence referendum in Kurdistan

Sara Dilzar Mustafa

18. Gender Quotas, Constituency Service, and Women’s Empowerment: Lessons from Algeria

Meriem Aissa

Part 4: Elections and campaigning

19. A minority goes to the polls: Arab voters in Israel

Arik Rudnitzki

20. Elections in Occupied Palestine: control, resistance and contention

Francesco Saverio Leopardi

21. Electoral campaigns in post-Ben Ali’s Tunisia: electoral expertise and renewed clientelism

Deborah Perez-Galan

22. Digital strategies of Tunisian political parties: the case of the 2018 local elections

Bader Ben Mansour

23. The role of media in electoral campaigns in the pandemic era. The case of Kuwait

Geoff Martin

24. Opposition Coordination under a Competitive Authoritarian Regime. The Case of the 2019 Local Elections in Turkey

Berk Esen and Hakan Yavuzyılmaz

25. Polarisation and elections under competitive authoritarianism: the case of Turkey after 2013

Şebnem Yardımcı Geyikçi

26. From ballots to bullets: Libyan 2012 elections as the origin of the unachieved transition

Chiara Loschi

Part 5: Voting behaviour

27. The rationality of the Arab voter

Valeria Resta

28. Clientelism in MENA elections

Miquel Pellicer and Eva Wegner

29. The consequences on Arab voters of Arab Palestinian parties’ quest for power in Israeli politics

Sawsan Khalife’

30. Class and religious cleavages. The case of Lebanon

Joseph Daher

31. Ideology and electoral choices in Arab elections

Enea Fiore

32. The Arab Generation Z: from Disillusionment to Pragmatism

Dina Shehata and Abdelmajeed Abualela

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Francesco Cavatorta is professor in the Department of Political Science, Université Laval, Québec, Canada. He is currently working on a collaborative project examining political parties and coalition governments in the Middle East and North Africa.

Valeria Resta is Guest Lecturer, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy. She is currently working on a collaborative project examining political parties and coalition governments in the Middle East and North Africa.