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Of Empires and CitizensPro-American Democracy or No Democracy at All?$
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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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Support for Democracy and Authoritarianism

Support for Democracy and Authoritarianism

The Geostrategic Utility of Cooperative Leadership

(p.142) Chapter Five Support for Democracy and Authoritarianism
Of Empires and Citizens

Amaney A. Jamal

Princeton University Press

This chapter offers quantitative support to the causal logics citizens employ when engaging democracy, authoritarianism, regime stability, and transition in Jordan and Kuwait. Because the argument advanced in this book is multi-layered, the chapter attempts to unpack the argument incrementally. It offers an empirical strategy that gradually addresses the microfoundations of the argument. This argument can be sketched briefly as follows: Citizens in client states (especially those who value access to global economic markets) will want to ensure stable ties to the patron in the event of transition. Therefore, citizens living in countries with organized anti-American opposition movements that have considerable constituency basis will be more likely to favor less democracy to ensure that anti-American forces do not harm relations with the United States. Ultimately, then, citizens in client states with similarly large opposition movements that are less anti-American will more likely favor democratization because the changes in regime will not jeopardize relations with their patron.

Keywords:   Kuwait, Jordan, democracy, authoritarianism, regime stability, political transition, anti-Americanism, regime change, democratization, United States

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