The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa


Edited by Mark Gasiorowski and Sean L. Yom

Eighth Edition • July 12, 2016 • 578 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813349947 • $52.00 USD$67.50 CAN

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“The coverage is broad and systematic. The individual treatments are always lucid and well informed. … The authors have succeeded in highlighting those facts of long histories which are most relevant to those who are present- and policy-oriented. The book as a whole is an excellent summing up of the politics of the Middle East … one which serves as an introduction to the beginner and as a reference and point of departure for the specialist.” —Middle East Journal

With recent upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa, the eighth edition of The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa has been thoroughly revised to provide a necessary, comprehensive and current examination of the domestic politics and foreign policies of this crucial region. A newly expanded introduction provides students with a comparative and thematic overview of the region, from its political regimes and electoral institutions to its economic and social concerns. Each chapter, written by an invited specialist, uses a common framework to explore the historical background, social and political environment, political structure and dynamics, and foreign policy of a country. Chapters are augmented by a country map, a box providing key facts, and an annotated bibliography summarizing the major literature.

The eighth edition provides vital new considerations of the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the ongoing sectarian violence and rise of ISIS, and the growth of social forces like youth movements and women’s rights groups. In addition, the inclusion of six new contributors brings fresh perspectives, ensuring that The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa remains an essential guide to the region’s political landscape.


Mark Gasiorowski is professor of political science at Tulane University. He is author of US Foreign Policy and the Shah: Building a Client State in Iran and co-editor of Neither East Nor West: Iran, The Soviet Union, and the United States and Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953 Coup in Iran.

Sean L. Yom is associate professor of political science at Temple University. He specializes in the history and development of authoritarian states in the Middle East, as well as contemporary issues of American foreign policy and democratic reform in the Arab world. He is the author of From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East.

Contents

Preface
List of Illustrations

1 Introduction: The Middle East and North Africa in Comparative Perspective
Sean L. Yom

Part One: Mashriq
2 Syrian Arab Republic
Thomas Pierret
3 Republic of Lebanon
William Harris
4 Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Curtis R. Ryan
5 State of Israel
Mira Sucharov and Hamed Mousavi
6 Palestine
Glenn E. Robinson
7 Republic of Turkey
Henri J. Barkey and Omer Taspinar

Part Two: Persian Gulf
8 Republic of Iraq
Ariel I. Ahram
9 Islamic Republic of Iran
Mark Gasiorowski
10 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Sebastian Maisel
11 Eastern Arabian States: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman
Jill Crystal
12 Republic of Yemen
Stacey Philbrick Yadav

Part Three: Maghrib
13 Arab Republic of Egypt
Joshua Stacher
14 State of Libya
Karim Mezran
15 Republic of Tunisia
Lindsay J. Benstead
16 People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
Azzedine Layachi
17 Kingdom of Morocco
Gregory W. White

About the Contributors
Index

“The eighth updated edition of The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa has been completely revised to reflect the latest and ongoing changes in politics and government in the region, which makes this a ‘must’ for any college-level collection strong in the area’s history. Among the many features of this update are a newly expanded introduction, incorporation of political changes, and a blend of historical background with discussion of regional changes that are supplemented by extensive bibliographic references, black and white maps, and detailed discussions contributed by experts. No college-level history and political science collection strong in the Middle East or Africa should be without this latest survey.”
Midwest Book Review

Praise for Prior Editions:

“The coverage is broad and systematic. The individual treatments are always lucid and well informed. … The authors have succeeded in highlighting those facts of long histories which are most relevant to those who are present- and policy-oriented. The book as a whole is an excellent summing up of the politics of the Middle East … one which serves as an introduction to the beginner and as a reference and point of departure for the specialist.” —Middle East Journal

“This book offers an engaging and comprehensive introduction to the political, social, and economic development of the Middle East and North Africa. It is the only text on the market that brings attention to the rich histories and highlights the unique aspects of political development in each of the region’s countries.” —Feryal Cherif, Loyola Marymount University

The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa draws together the best scholars on the various countries in the region. This book is really unparalleled for the study of politics in the Middle East.” —Daniel Masters, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

“Provides both a wealth of detail on the individual countries of the region and acute insights into such common elements as political institutionalization, and social and class structure. Comprehensive in scope and clear in style.” —James Piscatori, Oxford University

“No doubt this is the best and most comprehensive textbook on the Middle East in the English language.” —Raymond Habiby, Oklahoma State University

“The best of the general, state-by-state studies of the Arab world, Israel, Turkey, and Iran. The country chapters are a good starting point for comparison.… An excellent anchor for a comparative course on the region.” —Martin W. Sampson, University of Minnesota

“The editors have recruited expert academic scholars who provide lucidly written essays that will appeal to a wide range of readers—from laypeople to Middle East specialists. Highly recommended.” —Choice

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