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Iraq

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posted on 01.01.2012, 00:00 authored by Benjamin IsakhanBenjamin Isakhan
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.

History

Title of book

The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy

Chapter number

34

Pagination

407 - 417

Publisher

Edinburgh University Press

Place of publication

Edinburgh, Scotland

ISBN-13

9780748640751

ISBN-10

0748640754

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2012, Edinburgh University Press

Extent

43

Editor/Contributor(s)

B Isakhan, S Stockwell