Appropriating democratic discourse in North Africa

@article{Gorman2016AppropriatingDD,
  title={Appropriating democratic discourse in North Africa},
  author={Brandon Gorman},
  journal={International Journal of Comparative Sociology},
  year={2016},
  volume={57},
  pages={288 - 309}
}
  • Brandon Gorman
  • Published 1 October 2016
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of Comparative Sociology
Political actors across the globe often use the language of democracy, but they do not all use the same language. Drawing on content analysis of 1935 speeches given between 2000 and 2010, this study examines how five North African autocrats appropriated the global discursive form of democracy by altering its content. These leaders proposed that the special circumstances of each country preclude any one-size-fits-all global definition of democracy, whose imposition in their countries, they claim… 
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