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Book Review: Christopher K. Lamont, Jan Van Der Harst, & Frank Gaenssmantel (Eds) (2015). Non-Western Encounters with Democratization: Imagining Democracy after the Arab Spring

Book Review: Christopher K. Lamont, Jan Van Der Harst, & Frank Gaenssmantel (Eds) (2015).... Contemporary Review Book Reviews of the Middle East 2(4) 379–383 2015 SAGE Publications India Private Limited SAGE Publications sagepub.in/home.nav DOI: 10.1177/2347798915610048 http://cme.sagepub.com Christopher K. Lamont, Jan Van Der Harst, & Frank Gaenssmantel (Eds) (2015). Non-Western Encounters with Democratization: Imagining Democracy after the Arab Spring. Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate. Hardback. ISBN: 978-1-4724-3971-0. Price: £65. 256 pp. Explaining the evolution and functioning of democracy in the non-Western countries is a far more daunting task than accounting for its absence. In their attempt to analyze issues and challenges to functioning democracies or the process of democratization in non-Western milieu, Cristopher Lamont et al. have focused on the political changes in countries from two important regions, namely, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and East Asia. Having established at the outset that the “diffusion” of democracy from the “West to the rest” has been unable to “explain the emergence of political orders that diverged from Western practices” (p. 1), this book begins by addressing the conceptual issues related to the Western bias in the existing literature on democra- tization. Essays in Part I look at the movements in the Arab World (Arab Spring) and China (Jasmine Revolution ) to argue that the recognition http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Review of the Middle East SAGE

Book Review: Christopher K. Lamont, Jan Van Der Harst, & Frank Gaenssmantel (Eds) (2015). Non-Western Encounters with Democratization: Imagining Democracy after the Arab Spring

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© 2015 SAGE Publications India Private Limited
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2347-7989
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2349-0055
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10.1177/2347798915610048
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Contemporary Review Book Reviews of the Middle East 2(4) 379–383 2015 SAGE Publications India Private Limited SAGE Publications sagepub.in/home.nav DOI: 10.1177/2347798915610048 http://cme.sagepub.com Christopher K. Lamont, Jan Van Der Harst, & Frank Gaenssmantel (Eds) (2015). Non-Western Encounters with Democratization: Imagining Democracy after the Arab Spring. Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate. Hardback. ISBN: 978-1-4724-3971-0. Price: £65. 256 pp. Explaining the evolution and functioning of democracy in the non-Western countries is a far more daunting task than accounting for its absence. In their attempt to analyze issues and challenges to functioning democracies or the process of democratization in non-Western milieu, Cristopher Lamont et al. have focused on the political changes in countries from two important regions, namely, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and East Asia. Having established at the outset that the “diffusion” of democracy from the “West to the rest” has been unable to “explain the emergence of political orders that diverged from Western practices” (p. 1), this book begins by addressing the conceptual issues related to the Western bias in the existing literature on democra- tization. Essays in Part I look at the movements in the Arab World (Arab Spring) and China (Jasmine Revolution ) to argue that the recognition

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