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Oil unions and democracy in post-Saddam Iraq

Isakhan, Benjamin 2012, Oil unions and democracy in post-Saddam Iraq, in APSA 2012 : The Refereed Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Australasian Political Studies Association, [Hobart, Tas.], pp. 718-735.

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Title Oil unions and democracy in post-Saddam Iraq
Author(s) Isakhan, Benjamin
Conference name Australasian Political Studies Association. Conference (2012 : Hobart, Tas.)
Conference location Hobart, Tas.
Conference dates 24-26 Sep. 2012
Title of proceedings APSA 2012 : The Refereed Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Political Studies Association Conference
Editor(s) Eccleston, Richard
Sageman, Nicholas
Gray, Felicity
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australasian Political Studies Association Conference
Start page 718
End page 735
Total pages 18
Publisher Australasian Political Studies Association
Place of publication [Hobart, Tas.]
Keyword(s) Iraq
politics
protests
democracy
Summary Since the invasion of 2003, a complex array of political, religious and ethno-sectarian factions have formed civil society movements; uncensored news has been consumed across the nation; ordinary citizens have taken to the streets to protest key government decisions; and various local councils have been formed, deliberating on key decisions facing their immediate communities. Given this context, this paper focuses on the specific case of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU), Iraq’s largest and most powerful independent workers union. The IFOU has repeatedly taken the Iraqi government to task over their poor pay and the dangerous nature of their work, as well as the government’s initial kowtowing to US plans to privatise the entire Iraqi oil sector. To do this, the IFOU have utilised a variety of very democratic mechanisms including peaceful strikes and protests, media campaigns and political lobbying. Such moves have met with mixed results in Baghdad – at times the central government has pandered to the requests of IFOU, but it has also gone as far as issuing arrest warrants for its senior members. The IFOU therefore serve as an interesting example of public power in Iraq and may well pose one of the greatest challenges to rising authoritarianism there.
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Language eng
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2012
Copyright notice ©2012, Australasian Political Studies Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050879

Document type: Conference Paper
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