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Democracy Prevention
The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance

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  • Date Published: October 2012
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107025714

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  • When a popular revolt forced long-ruling Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resign on February 11, 2011, US President Barack Obama hailed the victory of peaceful demonstrators in the heart of the Arab World. But Washington was late to endorse democracy - for decades the United States favored Egypt's rulers over its people. Since 1979, the United States had provided the Egyptian regime with more than $60 billion in aid and immeasurable political support to secure its main interests in the region: Israeli security and strong relations with Persian Gulf oil producers. During the Egyptian uprising, the White House did not promote popular sovereignty but instead backed an 'orderly transition' to one of Mubarak's cronies. Even after protesters derailed that plan, the anti-democratic US-Egyptian alliance continued. Using untapped primary materials, this book helps explain why authoritarianism has persisted in Egypt with American support, even as policy makers claim to encourage democratic change.

    • Extensive primary research including over two dozen interviews with top American and Egyptian decision-makers as well as access to the full Wikileaks 'Cablegate' archive
    • Rebuts the 'democracy promotion' literature that maintains the US has tried but been unsuccessful at making Egypt more democratic
    • Shows why and how studies of authoritarianism should incorporate the role of foreign actors in shaping domestic politics
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    Awards

    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2013

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    'Democracy Prevention tells an important story with remarkable concision and clarity, and at the same time a wealth of details.' Nicolas Bouchet, International Affairs

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    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107025714
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Peace and repression
    3. State of emergency
    4. The succession question
    5. Leveraging aid
    6. Groundswell
    7. Conclusion.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Politics of the Contemporary Middle East
  • Author

    Jason Brownlee, University of Texas, Austin
    Jason Brownlee is Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been traveling to Egypt and conducting research there for seventeen years. In addition to his previous book, Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization, Professor Brownlee's writings have appeared in Current History, the Journal of Democracy and numerous scholarly journals. In 2010–11 he was a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

    Awards

    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2013

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