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Amaney A. Jamal

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149646

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149646.001.0001

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The Influence of International Context on Domestic-Level Models of Regime Transition and Democratic Consolidation

The Influence of International Context on Domestic-Level Models of Regime Transition and Democratic Consolidation

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Of Empires and Citizens
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Amaney A. Jamal

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149646.003.0008

This chapter discusses how anti-Americanism continues to thwart the democratization trajectory in the Arab world. Anti-Americanism has often been seen as simply a problem relevant to East–West relations, terrorism, and the clash of civilizations. However, anti-Americanism has also stifled grassroots efforts toward democratization in the Arab world. The sheer dependence of the Arab world on U.S. patronage has meant that Arab citizens take their cues from the United States to secure the status quo. While the preference for democracy exists on the street, it needs to be fully endorsed by the patron. Anti-American forces have dampened U.S. enthusiasm for democracy, which in turn has stifled democratic demands from below. Given the fact that increasing international dependency has resulted in greater anti-Americanism, the democratic option remains all the more elusive today.

Keywords:   anti-Americanism, democratization, democracy, Arab world, U.S. patronage, international relations

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