Decentralization in the Arab world: Conceptualizing the role of neopatrimonial networks

@article{Demmelhuber2020DecentralizationIT,
  title={Decentralization in the Arab world: Conceptualizing the role of neopatrimonial networks},
  author={Thomas Demmelhuber and R. Sturm and Erik Vollmann},
  journal={Mediterranean Politics},
  year={2020},
  volume={25},
  pages={499 - 521}
}
ABSTRACT Since the early 1990s, government-led decentralization strategies have emerged in the Arab world, with an additional surge after the Arab uprisings in 2011. Western donors and Arab civil society activists expected an increase in participation and autonomy. Yet the outcome of the reforms varies considerably. We develop a new conceptual approach for the analysis of decentralization processes in the Arab world. We suggest that decentralization is guided, inspired, and used by informal… Expand

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