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The De-Baathification of post-2003 Iraq: purging the past for political power

Isakhan,B 2015, The De-Baathification of post-2003 Iraq: purging the past for political power. In Isakhan, B (ed), The legacy of Iraq: from the 2003 War to the ‘Islamic State’, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, Scotland, pp.21-35.

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Title The De-Baathification of post-2003 Iraq: purging the past for political power
Author(s) Isakhan,B
Title of book The legacy of Iraq: from the 2003 War to the ‘Islamic State’
Editor(s) Isakhan, B
Publication date 2015
Chapter number 1
Total chapters 14
Start page 21
End page 35
Total pages 15
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Place of Publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Keyword(s) Iraq
Baath
Saddam Hussein
De-Baathification
Politics
Democracy
Middle East
Sectarianism
Summary In addressing the broader de-Baathification question at the intersection between politics and law in post-2003 Iraq this chapter outlines the efforts by Iraqi lawmakers to codify de-Baathification in Iraq’s new constitution of 2005 as well as in subsequent pieces of more detailed legislation. The chapter then goes on to study the actual implementation of these laws in relation to the Iraqi parliamentary elections of 2010 and 2014, as well as the local elections of 2013. Throughout the chapter, special emphasis is given to the considerable discrepancies between the principles enshrined in the formal de-Baathification legislation and the way those principles are applied in practice. Finally, this chapter concludes by suggesting that Iraq needs to openly and honestly deal with its Baathist past if it is ever to move beyond patterns of politicalsectarianism, violence and autocracy.
ISBN 9780748696161
Language eng
Field of Research 160602 Citizenship
Socio Economic Objective 940201 Civics and Citizenship
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30072638

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