By Roger Owen
The monarchical presidential regimes that prevailed within the Arab global for thus lengthy appeared as if they might final indefinitely—until occasions in Tunisia and Egypt made transparent their time used to be up. The upward push and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life exposes for the 1st time the origins and dynamics of a governmental method that mostly outlined the Arab heart East within the 20th century.
Presidents who rule for all times were a characteristic of the Arab global considering the fact that independence. within the Nineteen Eighties their regimes more and more resembled monarchies as presidents took up place of abode in palaces and made each attempt to make sure their sons might be successful them. Roger Owen explores the most positive factors of the prototypical Arab monarchical regime: its family; its internal circle of corrupt cronies; and its makes an attempt to create a favored legitimacy in response to fiscal good fortune, a manipulated structure, controlled elections, and data suppression.
Why has the Arab international suffered any such focus of everlasting presidential govt? even though post-Soviet imperative Asia has additionally recognized monarchical presidencies, Owen argues major cause is the “Arab demonstration effect,” wherein shut ties around the Arab global have enabled ruling households to percentage administration innovations and guidance. yet this impact additionally explains why those presidencies all got here below a similar strain to reform or cross. Owen discusses the large well known competition the presidential platforms engendered in the course of the Arab Spring, and the political swap that ensued, whereas additionally delineating the demanding situations the Arab revolutions face around the heart East and North Africa.