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Iran as peculiar hybrid regime: structure and dynamics of the Islamic Republic

Abdolmohammadi, Pejman and Cama, Giampiero (2015) Iran as peculiar hybrid regime: structure and dynamics of the Islamic Republic. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 42 (4). pp. 558-578. ISSN 1353-0194

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13530194.2015.1037246


This article is based on the assumption that the Iranian political system is a peculiar form of a hybrid regime and is based on two hypotheses. The first is that the originality of the Iranian political system depends on two main factors: a constitutional compromise between the secular and clerical components and the particular way in which presidential elections are held. The second hypothesis concerns the consequences of this institutional arrangement. On the one hand, in particular phases, presidential elections may play an inclusive function thanks to a certain degree of responsiveness of ordinary policies. On the other hand, they may instead raise the expectations and political demands for regime change that, if suppressed, could generate tensions and instability. The first part of this work will be devoted to a brief presentation of the concept of hybrid systems and to the collocation of the Iranian system in this category. The second part will examine some crucial political phases experienced by Iran which highlight the functioning of the regime, explaining its stability and vulnerability.

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Additional Information: © 2015 British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2015 12:56
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:31

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