Abstract

Abstract:

The journalistic and policy communities have been alive with speculation as to whether Islamist groups involved in politics—including Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Palestine’s Hamas— are true believers in democracy or calculating pragmatists who, in Steven Cook’s words, are “seeking to use democratic procedures in order to advance an antidemocratic agenda.” This article suggests that instead of focusing on the credibility of such groups’ democratic aspirations, we would do better to consider the ways in which democratic institutions in Middle Eastern countries can be fortified and liberal democratic parties freed from the grip of the authoritarian regimes throughout the region.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 19-24
Launched on MUSE
2008-07-23
Open Access
No
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