Anatomy of authoritarianism in the Arab republics

Sassoon, Joseph
Cambridge University Press
Call Number
JQ1850.A58 S28 2016
Reference Only
Number of Pages
Library of Congress Subject Heading
Arab countries -- Politics and government -- 1945
Library of Congress Subject Heading 2
Authoritarianism -- Arab countries -- History -- 21st century

By examining the system of authoritarianism in eight Arab republics, Joseph Sassoon portrays life under these regimes and explores the mechanisms underpinning their resilience. How did the leadership in these countries create such enduring systems? What was the economic system that prolonged the regimes' longevity, but simultaneously led to their collapse? Why did these seemingly stable regimes begin to falter? This book seeks to answer these questions by utilizing the Iraqi archives and memoirs of those who were embedded in these republics: political leaders, ministers, generals, security agency chiefs, party members, and business people. Taking a thematic approach, the book begins in 1952 with the Egyptian Revolution and ends with the Arab uprisings of 2011. It seeks to deepen our understanding of the authoritarianism and coercive systems that prevailed in these countries and the difficult process of transition from authoritarianism that began after 2011.

  • Utilizes political memoirs to give a totally new insight into the authoritarian regimes discussed
  • Compares the basic tenets of these republics to show readers the similarities and differences between them
  • Provides insight into the functioning of the leadership in these countries