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Author Wegner, Eva
Title Islamist opposition in authoritarian regimes [electronic resource] : the Party of Justice and Development in Morocco / Eva Wegner
Imprint Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2011. (Baltimore, Md.: Project MUSE, 2013)
book jacket
Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (xlv, 180 p.) : ill
Series Religion and politics
Religion and politics
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Political institutions, political parties, and the Islamist movementin Morocco -- Party institutionalization and emancipation from the Islamist movement -- The regime game -- Elections and parliament -- Comparing Islamist strategies in Jordan and Morocco
What electoral mobilization choices do Islamist opposition parties make? How do they relate to authoritarian incumbents? Which key factors influence the choices these parties make? Islamist Opposition in Authoritarian Regimes explores the answers to these questions by studying thepath of the Islamist Party of Justice and Development (PJD) in Moroccofrom 1992 to 2007. Wegner traces the party's choices through an analysis of organizational, ideological, and institutional constraints. Adopting a simple but novel perspective, Wegner distinguishes Islamist parties from other opposition parties because of their connection to a powerful social movement. The author shows how the PJD initiallymade majorprogress in electoral politics by building up a strong party organization, sustaining full support of the Islamist movement, and positioning itself as the only credible opposition party. Ultimately, the failure of the PJD to win elections was due to political concessions it made to secureits legality combined with a distancing from the Islamist movement. Based on extensive field research in Morocco in 2003 and 2007 and drawing upon personal interviews with members, candidates, and leaders of the PJD, Islamist Opposition in Authoritarian Regimes presents a meticulous and enlightening case study. Wegner enriches our understanding of electoral authoritarianism in Morocco and throughout the Arab- Islamic world. -- Book jacket
Description based on print version record
Subject Hizb al-'Adälah wa-al-Tanmiyah (Morocco)
Islam and politics -- Morocco
Political parties -- Morocco
Morocco -- Politics and government -- 1999-
Alt Author Project Muse
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