Yemen's Democracy Experiment in Regional Perspective: Patronage and Pluralized Authoritarianism

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Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 15, 2008 - Political Science - 241 pages
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Shortly after the Gulf War of 1990-91, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh met with the Iraqi Vice President and his envoy. President Saleh recommended that the smartest thing for President Saddam Hussein to do to recover from the damage to himself caused by the war was to democratise Iraq. President Saleh came to power thirteen years before offering this advice, presided over the creation of a new constitution that declared Yemen a democracy that same year, and fifteen years later was elected to rule for a further seven years. This study examines the nature of changes to Yemen’s power structures, political dynamics and institutions since the intention to democratise was announced in 1990.

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Sarah Phillips received her Ph.D. from the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University, in 2007. She spent over a year conducting fieldwork in Yemen for her dissertation on processes of political reform and now works with the National Democratic Institute in Yemen. Phillips specialises in Yemeni politics, political party development, democratisation and reform in the Arab world, and the role of Islamists in these processes. She has published articles in the Middle East Report, the Arab Reform Bulletin, and for the Carnegie Endowment.

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