Iraq's Dysfunctional Democracy

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ABC-CLIO, Sep 30, 2011 - Political Science - 255 pages

This book provides an in-depth analysis from an Iraqi perspective on the political development in Iraq since 2003, thereby filling a gap that currently exists in the discussion of this embattled nation. Within its pages, author David Ghanim scrutinizes the many contradictions of the new experience in Iraq and exposes the myth of a "new democratic Iraq."

By providing a unflinching look at the dysfunctional nature of democracy in Iraq, the centrality of violence in Iraqi society and politics, and the deterioration of the rights and treatment of minorities and women in Iraq, Iraq's Dysfunctional Democracy exposes how the New Iraq after the nearly decade-long involvement of the United States is becoming a republic of corruption. Complex issues such as ethnic federalism, ethno-sectarian elections, politics of victimization, deceptive legitimacy, and the effects of de-Ba'athification are covered in detail, serving to illuminate the multilayered obstacles to stabilizing Iraq—a country that serves as the linchpin for the security of the Middle East as well as the rest of the world.

 

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Contents

1 A US Legacy
1
2 The Politics of Victimization
19
3 Dwindling Minorities Debased Women
33
4 DeBathification and Politics of Exclusion
53
5 Uprooting the Bath and Sectarianism
71
6 Deficient Justice
89
7 Sectarian Execution
105
8 Elections and Illusive Democracy
117
10 Externalization of Legitimacy
147
11 Federalism and Politics of Separatism
161
12 Nationalism and Territories
181
13 Armaments Oil and Corruption
197
14 Republic of Corruption
213
Conclusion
231
Selected Bibliography
237
Index
245

9 Confessionalism and Legitimacy
135

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About the author (2011)

David Ghanim, PhD, is an independent scholar of Middle Eastern studies and gender studies. His published works include Praeger's Gender and Violence in the Middle East.