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Modernizing authoritarian rule in Saudi Arabia

Al-Rasheed, Madawi (2009) Modernizing authoritarian rule in Saudi Arabia. Contemporary Arab Affairs, 2 (4). pp. 587-601. ISSN 1755-0912

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17550910903244976


In the post‐9/11 period, the Saudi state faced mounting pressure to appropriate the rhetoric of reform and introduce a series of reformist measures and promises, although none posed a serious challenge to the rule of the Āl Saʿūd. This involved the opening of the public sphere to quasi‐independent civil society associations, limited municipal elections, and a relatively free press. Reform of the royal house, aimed at dealing with possible future problematic succession to the throne, was also part of a general trend. This article deals with state‐initiated reforms the objective of which was to modernize authoritarian rule without risking the loss of too much power to the constituency.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2014 10:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:00

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