Iraq

Isakhan, Benjamin 2012, Iraq, in The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, Scotland, pp.407-417.

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Title Iraq
Author(s) Isakhan, Benjamin
Title of book The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy
Editor(s) Isakhan, Benjamin
Stockwell, Stephen
Publication date 2012
Chapter number 34
Total chapters 43
Start page 407
End page 417
Total pages 11
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Place of Publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Keyword(s) democracy
history
politics
Summary This chapter seeks to document some of the more significant democratic developments that have occurred in Iraq since 2003 including: the complex array of political parties that (re)emerged in the wake of the former regime; the series of nation-wide elections that have occurred since 2005; and the role of various Iraqi media outlets and protest movements in agitating towards greater inclusion, diversity and debate. However, this chapter also documents some of the alarming counter-democratic developments that have occurred, particularly the rise of ethno-religious sectarian politics and violence and the increasingly authoritarian nature of certain elements of Iraq’s political elite. The chapter concludes by noting that Iraqi democracy is increasingly precarious and it faces its greatest challenge in renewed violence, rising authoritarianisms and the end to the US occupation.
ISBN 0748640754
9780748640751
Language eng
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050874

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