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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Institut für Sozialwissen­schaften | Mittelmeer Institut Berlin (MIB) | Veranstaltungen | Gastvortrag von Dr. Aviad Rubin "Pro-Democratic Enclaves and Hybrid Regimes" am 18.02.2014

Gastvortrag von Dr. Aviad Rubin "Pro-Democratic Enclaves and Hybrid Regimes" am 18.02.2014

"Pro-Democratic Enclaves and Hybrid Regimes in the Arab Middle East: Accounting for Variation in Type of Regime Change in the Arab Spring"

 

The GUEST LECTURE by Dr. Aviad Rubin is organized by the project "Mediterranean Institute Berlin (MIB)", in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Gökce Yurdakul, G.Simmel Prof. Comparative Studies on Diversity/Social Conflicts

Title:
Pro-Democratic Enclaves and Hybrid Regimes in the Arab Middle East: Accounting for Variation in Type of Regime Change in the Arab Spring


Abstract:
The events known as the Arab Spring produced different dynamics and outcomes of regime change in different Middle Eastern states in terms of scale of mass mobilization, duration of protest, the use of violence and the eventual political outcome. In this presentation, I suggest that these diverse outcomes can be explained by the location of the regime on two axes: hybrid vs. authoritarian regimes and monarchic vs. republican regimes. I define hybrid vs. authoritarian regimes based on the presence or absence (or relative strength) of pro-democratic enclaves – that is, pro-democratic, non-electoral practices within areas such as the media, civil society, and religion. Later, I examine four case studies representing the four types of regimes – hybrid republics (Egypt), authoritarian republics (Syria), hybrid monarchies (Jordan), and authoritarian monarchies (Saudi Arabia) – and show that the proposed typology can account for the political outcome seen in nearly every country touched by the Arab Spring.

 

Biographical Information:

Aviad Rubin is assistant professor at the Department of Government and Political Theory, School of Political Science, University of Haifa, and holds MA and PhD degrees in political science from McGill University as well as a law degree from Tel Aviv University. In the past Dr. Rubin was the recipient of the Rabin Fellowship at the Gilo Center of the Hebrew University and an Azrieli postdoctoral fellow at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Rubin specializes in the intersection between democratic theory and identity politics with particular emphasis on nationalism, religion and language as well as in regime transition in the Middle East. His research has been published in journals such as Nations & Nationalism, Government & Opposition, International Political Science Review, Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies and Contemporary Politics.

 

Venue and Time:

Tuesday, 18. February 2014, 17:00-18:30

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Ziegelstr. 13c, Room 310