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Middle East Authoritarianisms: Governance, Contestation, and Regime Resilience in Syria and Iran

Steven Heydemann and Reinoud Leenders


The developments of early 2011 have left the political landscape of the Middle East changed but recognizable. Even as urgent struggles continue, it remains clear that authoritarianism will survive this transformational moment. The study of authoritarian governance, therefore, remains essential for our understanding of the political dynamics and inner workings of regimes across the region. The contributors to this book consider the Syrian and Iranian regimes—what they share in common and what distinguishes them. Too frequently, authoritarianism has been assumed to be a generic descriptor of the ... More

Keywords: Syria, Iran, Middle East, authoritarianism, regime resilience, authoritarian governance, Syrian regime, Iranian regime

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804783019
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804783019.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Heydemann, editor

Reinoud Leenders, editor

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1 Authoritarian Governance in Syria and Iran

Steven Heydemann and Reinoud Leenders

Part I Economic Governance and Recombinant Authoritarian Rule

Part II Authoritarian Resilience and the Management of Religious Affairs

Part III Social and Literary Responses to Authoritarian Resilience

6 Contesting Governance

Arzoo Osanloo

7 Who Laughs Last

Max Weiss

Part IV Contestation, Governance, and the Quest for Authoritarian Legitimacy

10 Authoritarian Resilience and International Linkages In Iran and Syria

Anoushiravan Ehteshami, Raymond Hinnebusch, Heidi Huuhtanen, Paola Raunio, Maaike Warnaar and Tina Zintl

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