Abstract

Abstract:

The debate on the compatibility of Islamism and democracy has tended to focus on two main scenarios. In the first, Islamist political parties become agents for democratization through their participation in freely held elections. In the second, Islamists use the democratic process to gain control and establish an antidemocratic regime—the feared “one man, one vote, one time” scenario. This article argues that focus on these outcomes may be unwarranted; the first assuming too much about the inevitability of democratic transition, and the second being too broad and abstract to be useful. The case of the PJD in Morocco provides evidence that participation does not always equate to power and underscores the need for clarification of the relationship between the Islamist party and the state.

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 31-36
Launched on MUSE
2008-07-23
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.