Abstract

On 1 July 2011, voters in Morocco cast ballots in a constitutional-reform referendum that the government claimed drew turnout of 73 percent and passed with a near-unanimous 98.5 percent majority. At first glance, the reforms look like major concessions. The king may not have abandoned all his powers, but he seems to have curtailed a significant part of them. More decisively, the new constitution seems to subject executive authority to the broad standards of human rights and, if not democracy, at least fairly balanced power sharing. But further inspection reveals that the monarchy may have succeeded in outfoxing its opponents by producing an elaborate constitutional smokescreen.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 57-69
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-13
Open Access
No
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