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Activism and 'Liberal' Authoritarianism

Laachir, Karima

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There has been much discussion on the role of civil society in promoting democracy in the Arabic speaking region, especially with the growing maturity of social groups in defending human rights and women's rights, holding the government accountable, calling for economic transparency and raising environmental concerns. Recent innovative research on civil society activism in the region rejects the normative Western understanding of civil society as a parameter of democratic change; it also...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorLaachir, Karima
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-15T01:12:24Z
dc.identifier.issn1743-7598
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/206182
dc.description.abstractThere has been much discussion on the role of civil society in promoting democracy in the Arabic speaking region, especially with the growing maturity of social groups in defending human rights and women's rights, holding the government accountable, calling for economic transparency and raising environmental concerns. Recent innovative research on civil society activism in the region rejects the normative Western understanding of civil society as a parameter of democratic change; it also attempts to locate civil society activism under authoritarian constraints. 'Liberal' authoritarian states such as Morocco create state-sponsored forms of civil activism which make it difficult to distinguish genuine activism from other forms used to promote a liberal image of the state. In this case, the regime actively co-opts leaders of professional associations and organisations so that the state's authority is not challenged.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe author was affiliated with Literary and Cultural Studies in SOAS when the paper was published.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherLondon Middle East Institute
dc.rights© 2015 London Middle East Institute
dc.sourceThe Middle East in London Magazine
dc.titleActivism and 'Liberal' Authoritarianism
dc.typeNewspaper/magazine article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2015-04-01
local.identifier.absfor200211 - Postcolonial Studies
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4334722xPUB322
local.publisher.urlwww.soas.ac.uk/lmei
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationLaachir, Karima, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue11
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage7
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage8
dc.date.updated2020-03-23T21:45:21Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationLondon, UK
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