Rethinking Arab Democratization
Elections without Democracy
Reviews and Awards
This impressive book offers a probing analysis of Arab electoralism as part of a penetrating larger critique of the applicability of Western democratic 'transitology' to the Arab world. Employing an effective blend of scholarly research and practical political insights, Sadiki presents a useful alternative lens that is true to local realities without sacrificing core democratic ideals. - Thomas Carothers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
This is an invaluable, empirically rich exploration of the pitfalls, detours and dead-ends on the variety of paths that may lead to democratization in the Arab world, or may not. If Larbi Sadiki reveals a residual optimism about the future, it is only after he has presented an exhaustive examination of the manoeuvres and barriers that Arab political elites deploy to sustain privilege and stifle freedom. Larbi Sadiki reveals an informed empathy for the dynamic non-elite social and political forces that seek greater freedom and greater justice. He is perceptive, thoughtful and persuasive, which is why his book will quickly be recognized as the indispensible and authoritative volume to read on the topic. - Augustus Richard Norton, Boston University.
The author combines to great advantage a close and critical familiarity with the politics of the Arab Middle East and Islamic culture with equally close knowledge of the relevant Western democratization literature. The result is a remarkable book that greatly advances our knowledge of those countries and of their — surely convoluted but not inexistent — possible paths toward democracy. - Guillermo O'Donnell, University of Notre Dame.