Informal Power in the Greater Middle East

Hidden Geographies

Edited by Luca Anceschi, Gennaro Gervasio, Andrea Teti

© 2014 – Routledge

226 pages

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Hardback: 9780415624367
pub: 2014-02-19
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About the Book

Over the last decade or so, academic and non-academic observers have focussed mainly, if not exclusively on the institutions and places of formal power in the Greater Middle East, depicting politics in the region as a small area limited to local authoritarian rulers.

In contrast, this book aims to explore the ‘hidden geographies’ of power, i.e. the political dynamics developing inside, in parallel to, and beyond institutional forums; arguing that these hidden geographies play a crucial role, both in support of and in opposition to official power. By observing less frequented spaces of power, co-option, and negotiation, and particularly by focusing on the interplay between formal and informal power, this interdisciplinary collection provides new insights in the study of the intersection between policy-making and practical political dynamics in the Greater Middle East.

Contributing a fresh perspective to a much-discussed topic, Informal Power in the Greater Middle East will be an invaluable resource for students, scholars and those interested in the politics of the region.

Table of Contents

Introduction - L. Anceschi & G. Gervasio Part I Redistributing Power Relations through Informal Alliances 1. In-formalized Polity and the Politics of Dynasty in Egypt and Libya - Larbi Sadiki 2. Beyond the Party: The Shifting Structure of Syria's Power - Lorenzo Trombetta 3. Power and Clanism in the Occupied Palestinian Territory- Massimo Alone 4. When Informal Powers Surface: Civic Activism and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution- Gennaro Gervasio & Andrea Teti 5. Informal Institutions in Turkish Politics: The Case of Proxy Leadership- Gokhan Bacik Part II Radicalization and Conflict 6. Radicalism or Revolution? Power and Resistance in Iran- Arshin Adib-Moghaddam 7. Beyond 'Culture' and 'Tradition' in Sudan: The Role of the State in Reinventing Darfur's Tribal Politics- Noah R. Bassil 8. Protests and Public Power in Post-Saddam Iraq: The Case of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Union- Benjamin Isakhan 9. Rebuilding the State from Below: NGO Networks and the Politics of Civil Society in Somalia- Valeria Saggiomo Part III Resistance, Co-optation, Centralization 10. Apolitical Civil Society and the Constitutional Debate in Morocco- Emanuela Dalmasso11. An Invisible and Enduring Presence: Women in Egyptian Politics- Lucia Sorbera 12. Feudal Control of Politics in Peripheral Turkey: the Example of the Sanliurfa Province- Michelangelo Guida 13. Authoritarian Informality: Elite Centralization in Turkmenistan- Luca Anceschi 14. Informality, Knowledge and Power: The Disciplinary Politics of Civil Society and Democracy- Andrea Teti

About the Editors

Luca Anceschi is Lecturer in International Relations, La Trobe University

Gennaro Gervasio is Lecturer in Middle East Politics, Macquarie University

Andrea Teti is Lecturer in the Department of Politics, University of Aberdeen

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government

This series examines new ways of understanding democratization and government in the Middle East. The varied and uneven processes of change, occurring in the Middle Eastern region, can no longer be read and interpreted solely through the prism of Euro-American transitology. Seeking to frame critical parameters in light of these new horizons, this series instigates reinterpretations of democracy and propagates formerly ‘subaltern,’ narratives of democratization. Reinvigorating discussion on how Arab and Middle Eastern peoples and societies seek good government, Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government provides tests and contests of old and new assumptions.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies