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Destructive competition : factionalism and rent-seeking in Iran
Summary The literature on the "resource curse" suggests that the quality of institutions determines a country's ability to transform resource wealth into economic development. This article exploresExpand
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Elite Rivalry in a Semi-Democracy: The Kuwaiti Press Scene
Kuwait's liberalization of the press and publication law in 2006 sparked a threefold increase in the number of Arabic language newspapers that defied conventional wisdom about print media decline andExpand
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Business and Social Responsibility in the Arab World: the Zakat vs. CSR models in Syria and Dubai
Abstract The article explores the promotion and reception of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the Arab world, taking Syria and Dubai as “most different” case studies. It observes thatExpand
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LIMITS OF “AUTHORITARIAN UPGRADING” IN SYRIA: PRIVATE WELFARE, ISLAMIC CHARITIES, AND THE RISE OF THE ZAYD MOVEMENT
Shaykh Naʿim al-ʿArqsusi is one of Damascus's most popular Muslim scholars. A leading figure of a local Islamic movement called Jamaʿat Zayd (Zayd's Group), he is widely praised for his knowledge,Expand
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Changing regime discourse and reform in Syria
1. Introduction: Changing Discourse under the Ba’th Raymond Hinnebusch 2. Ideology And Discourse in the Era of Ba’thist Reforms: Towards an Analysis of Authoritarian Governmentality Aurora SottimanoExpand
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Religiøs autoritet og tynnslitt stat: Valgkamp i sjia-Irak
Religios autoritet er politisk valuta i Irak. Hvordan brukes den nar setene i landets nasjonalforsamling star til valg?
Introduction
Political transitions open a time window during which the media system is in flux and actors try to influence it per their interests. What role does journalism play in such processes, and how do theyExpand
Debating terrorism in a political transition: Journalism and democracy in Tunisia
In March 2015, in the midst of a political transition, Tunisia was rocked by a terrorist attack at the Bardo Museum in downtown Tunis in which 21 people were killed. How did Tunisian journalistsExpand
It’s the Mentality, Stupid: Syria’s Turn to the Private Sector
Kjetil Selvik analyses the subsequent change in discourse accompanying Bashar alAsad’s economic liberalization after 2000. The old populist social contract is to be replaced with a new one thatExpand
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Golfmonarkiene: Mer variasjon enn olje kan forklare
Teorien om renteniststaten tegner et statisk og endimensjonalt bilde av politikk i oljestater. Det er behov for et nytt blikk pa Golfen som ser forbi det stiliserte bildet av oljesjeikers dominans avExpand
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