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Convergent (Il)liberalism in the Mediterranean? Notes on Political Trends in Egypt and Italy

Mura, Andrea and Teti, Andrea. 2013. Convergent (Il)liberalism in the Mediterranean? Notes on Political Trends in Egypt and Italy. European Urban and Regional Studies, 20(1), pp. 120-127. ISSN 0969-7764 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This paper explores the hypothesis of a convergence between ‘backsliding’ European liberal democracies and the ‘pseudo-liberalization’ of Middle Eastern authoritarian systems (Cavatorta, 2010) by considering the similarities, beyond the well-known differences, between Italy and Egypt. We suggest that standard indicators of regime type (e.g. Polity IV Authority Index) fail to capture important trends both in the evolution of both the forms of political power and the forms of resistance. Reflecting on such trends may help re-think the current limitations of Democratization theory (Teti, 2012).

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776412460535

Keywords:

Civil society, clientelism, corruption, democracy, Egypt, Italy, post-democratization

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
1 January 2013Accepted
7 January 2013Published

Item ID:

19379

Date Deposited:

05 Jan 2017 15:58

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 12:19

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/19379

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