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Monarchies and Republics, State and Regime, Durability and Fragility in View of the Arab Spring

Monarchies and Republics, State and Regime, Durability and Fragility in View of the Arab Spring AbstractIn trying to ascertain the different trajectories followed by monarchies and republics since the “Arab Spring” in 2011, analysts and academics concur that a gap has opened, despite continuing debates as to whether analysing this imbalance between types of polity can help in understanding and explaining these diverse trajectories. Examining the Gulf monarchies produces the following arguments: (1) the monarchy versus republic issue is important for analysing Middle East politics in light of the Arab Spring and (2) the state as a frame of reference is important for understanding the nature of political change. Here, our analytical approach to the durability of the Gulf monarchies incorporates the concept of social order and the impact of pre-state patterns. Both “state” and “regime” are needed in the analytical framework, since, in this specific case, they are different categories, yet two sides of the same coin. Thus, state legitimacy equals regime legitimacy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Arabian Studies Taylor & Francis

Monarchies and Republics, State and Regime, Durability and Fragility in View of the Arab Spring

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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2014 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
2153-4780
eISSN
2153-4764
DOI
10.1080/21534764.2014.974322
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Abstract

AbstractIn trying to ascertain the different trajectories followed by monarchies and republics since the “Arab Spring” in 2011, analysts and academics concur that a gap has opened, despite continuing debates as to whether analysing this imbalance between types of polity can help in understanding and explaining these diverse trajectories. Examining the Gulf monarchies produces the following arguments: (1) the monarchy versus republic issue is important for analysing Middle East politics in light of the Arab Spring and (2) the state as a frame of reference is important for understanding the nature of political change. Here, our analytical approach to the durability of the Gulf monarchies incorporates the concept of social order and the impact of pre-state patterns. Both “state” and “regime” are needed in the analytical framework, since, in this specific case, they are different categories, yet two sides of the same coin. Thus, state legitimacy equals regime legitimacy.

Journal

Journal of Arabian StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 3, 2014

Keywords: Gulf monarchies; social order; legitimacy; regime change

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