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Elections and Distributive Politics in Mubarak-s Egypt
1. Introduction 2. Political and economic change since 1952 3. Elections and elite management 4. The politics of infrastructure provision 5. Electoral budget cycles and economic opposition 6. Vote
Counting Calories: Democracy and Distribution in the Developing World
How does regime type affect the poor? Are certain types of regimes better at translating economic growth into consumption for the world’s least privileged citizens? We propose an alternative measure
Who Votes in Authoritarian Elections and Why? Determinants of Voter Turnout in Contemporary Egypt
This paper examines voter behavior in Egypt, an electoral authoritarian country. While some voters cast their ballots on an ideological basis, many Egyptian voters expect to receive a direct material
The Feudal Revolution and Europe's Rise: Political Divergence of the Christian West and the Muslim World before 1500 CE
We document a divergence in the duration of rule for monarchs in Western Europe and the Islamic world beginning in the medieval period. While leadership tenures in the two regions were similar in the
Elite Competition, Religiosity, and Anti-Americanism in the Islamic World
The battle for public opinion in the Islamic world is an ongoing priority for U.S. diplomacy. The current debate over why many Muslims hold anti-American views revolves around whether they dislike
Mirrors for Princes and Sultans: Advice on the Art of Governance in the Medieval Christian and Islamic Worlds
When did European modes of political thought diverge from those that existed in other world regions? We compare Muslim and Christian political advice texts from the medieval period using automated
The Impact of Holy Land Crusades on State Formation: War Mobilization, Trade Integration, and Political Development in Medieval Europe
Abstract Holy Land Crusades were among the most significant forms of military mobilization to occur during the medieval period. Crusader mobilization had important implications for European state
Spoiling the Peace? Peace Process Exclusivity and Political Violence in North-Central Africa
Why are some peace processes accompanied by bloody political violence while others are not? Recent scholarship suggests that when factions fear that they will not benefit or will be excluded from a
The Feudal Revolution and Europe ’ s Rise : Political Divergence of the Christian and Muslim Worlds before 1500 CE
This paper documents a divergence in the duration of rule for monarchs in Western Europe and the Islamic world beginning in the medieval period. While leadership tenures in the two regions were
Women's Electoral Participation in Egypt: The Implications of Gender for Voter Recruitment and Mobilization
To what extent do gender considerations impact voter recruitment strategies in Middle Eastern elections? Based on an examination of voting behavior in Egypt, we find that clientelist voter
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