Abstract

Abstract:

The ethnic-communal factor has frequently been neglected in analyses of the prospects for democracy in the Middle East. Virtually every state in the region has major minority groups which have interests not identical with those of the governing group. Groups that believe their communities can win elections are going to be more favorable toward democracy than those certain they would lose. Any successful democracy has to work out a system of balancing these ethno-religious forces. But the complex structure of communities can also contribute to democracy if it offers a pluralist approach in which groups must make deals and compromises to meet their needs.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 51-62
Launched on MUSE
2006-02-01
Open Access
No
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