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Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey Steven A. Cook

Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey

Steven A. Cook

Published May 1st 2007
ISBN : 9780801885907
Hardcover
208 pages
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Ruling But Not Governing highlights the critical role that the military plays in the stability of the Egyptian, Algerian, and, until recently, Turkish political systems. This in-depth study demonstrates that while the soldiers and materiel of Middle Eastern militaries form the obvious outer perimeter of regime protection, it is actually the less apparent, multilayered institutional legacies of military domination that play the decisive role in regime maintenance.Steven A. Cook uncovers the complex and nuanced character of the militarys interest in maintaining a facade of democracy. He explores how an authoritarian elite hijack seemingly democratic practices such as elections, multiparty politics, and a relatively freer press as part of a strategy to ensure the durability of authoritarian systems.Using Turkeys recent reforms as a point of departure, the study also explores ways external political actors can improve the likelihood of political change in Egypt and Algeria. Ruling But Not Governing provides valuable insight into the political dynamics that perpetuate authoritarian regimes and offers novel ways to promote democratic change.