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In the Guise of Democracy

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In the Guise of Democracy by Kassem, May; Vater, John, 9780863722547
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  • ISBN: 9780863722547 | 0863722547
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/1/2000
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The central issue addressed in this book is how an authoritarian system of government with personalized, unlimited presidential powers is maintained alongside multi-party legislative elections. The argument is that the democratic institutions are such that they pose little challenge to the president and are primarily instruments of presidential control.

The authoritarian rule which was established in Egypt by Nasser in the early 1950s appears to have been preserved to date, not simply as a result of the immense powers which Nasser vested in the office of the presidency, but, more subtly, as a result of the clientistic co-option strategy adopted by his successors, Sadat and Mubarak.

In this study May Kassem examines the functions of the non-competitive party system in contemporary Egypt and raises a variety of interesting issues including its future and durability. Her first-hand field work combined with sound analytical judgment reveals the true nature and likely course of democratization in the second largest country in the Middle East.

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