Hybrid Sovereignty in the Arab Middle East

Hybrid Sovereignty in the Arab Middle East


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This book provides readers with a fresh analysis of the Arab state by using a new theoretical framework: hybrid sovereignty. Hybrid sovereignty is used as an analytical tool to explain the survival of traditional patterns and forms of authority within the formal modern statehood. The author looks at various issue areas to make his argument: citizenship, the issue of minorities, electoral engineering, the failure of central rule, tribalism, and the lack of impersonal bureaucratic mechanism. He concludes that based on the problems at state-society level boundaries of statehood, the Arab state can be identified as hybrid-sovereign.

Gökhan Bacik is an assistant professor of international relations at Fatih University. Bacik also taught in different European Universities as Erasmus Visiting Professor. He is the author of September 11 and World Politics (2004), Modern International System: Genealogy, Teleology and the Expansion. (2007) He also published in Middle East Policy, International Review of Sociology, The Muslim World, Arab Studies Quarterly, Peace Review, Turkish Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.
“Gokhan Bacik persuasively shows that the sovereign state in the Middle East can best be understood with a model of ‘hybrid sovereignty’, comprising the impact of the colonial past and traditional formations. While doing this he also leads the reader to question the conventional Westphalian formulation of sovereignty as a feature of state-to-state relations and instead brings an insight in terms of state-to-society relations. A fascinating attempt to look at the history of state formation in the Middle East through new eyes and from new angles.”–Ahmet Nuri Yurdusev, Middle East Technical University, author of International Relations and the Philosophy of History and Ottoman Diplomacy: Conventional or Unconventional? 

“Bacik’s clear, detailed, and convincing analysis provides crucial insights into the power and sovereignty of the state in Arab countries. This book deserves your attention.”

–Fuat Keyman, Koc University, author of Globalization, State, Identity/Difference

The Theoretical Framework * The Genesis of Western Model in Kuwait, Jordan and Iraq * Kuwait: A Nation in the Minority * Jordan: The Competition of Different Constitutiencies * Iraq: Statehood in Catastrophe * Final Remarks and A Few Projects

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Weight 1 oz
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