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Afghanistan, Iraq, and Post-Conflict Governance : Damoclean Democracy? - Imtiaz Hussain

Afghanistan, Iraq, and Post-Conflict Governance

Damoclean Democracy?

Hardcover Published: 28th February 2010
ISBN: 9789004180338
Number Of Pages: 314

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Much has been written about democratizing Afghanistan and Iraq, yet a clear-cut, theoretically-enriching, and empirically thick comparative analysis remains overdue for societies as divided as these two. To partly fill in the vacuum, this book utilizes various theories and stages of international negotiations(which catalyzed democratization in both cases) in interpreting both cases, while also distinguishing between endogenous and exogenous democratization forces. How electoral democracy came about in both cases is traced from the negotiating table through at least 4 stages and 6 chapters. The study finds democratization being more stable when left on its own momentum (as in Afghanistan) than when conflict-driven (as in Iraq). Though full-fledged democracy does not appear inevitable in either case, the study's insightful exploration of its interface in Islamic communities and as a Bush Doctrine component alerts us to fasten our seat belts before elections beckon again.

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Afghanistan & Iraq, Democracy & the United States: Between Rocks and Hard Placesp. 1
Introduction: Of Puzzles, Problems, & Predicamentsp. 1
Nature of the Subjectp. 8
Formatting Interpretationsp. 13
Significance of Subjectp. 33
Organizationp. 41
Hyphenating Democracy: Germany, Japan, & the Conflict Thesisp. 45
Argumentp. 45
Theoretical Perspectivep. 47
Democratizing the Defeated: German and Japanese Experiences in Comparative Lightp. 48
Conclusionsp. 66
Embracing Democracy: Afghanistan, Iraq, & Prior U.S. Considerationsp. 69
Introductionp. 69
Negotiating Democracyp. 72
Conclusionsp. 86
Blindfolding Democracy: Blueprinting Ballots From Bulletsp. 93
Introductionp. 93
Building a Blueprintp. 94
Actors and Actionsp. 98
From Conflict to Cooperationp. 109
Conclusionsp. 116
Sine qua non democracy: Afghan-Iraq Symmetries & C.P.A. as Oddballp. 121
Introductionp. 121
A Tale of Two Negotiating Tablesp. 122
Conclusionsp. 149
Ad Hoc Democracy: Troubled Waters Too Deep, Bridges Too Fewp. 151
Introductionp. 151
Afghanistan-Iraq Comparisons & Contrastsp. 169
Conclusionsp. 182
Constitutional Democracy: Afghanistan's Paper Tiger & Iraq's Pigeon Clayp. 185
Introductionp. 185
Profiling Constitution-makingp. 185
Future Prospects: Towards Functional Statehoodp. 217
Conclusionsp. 219
Electoral Democracy: Still the Road Less Traveled Byp. 225
Introductionp. 225
Elections and Governmental Performancesp. 225
Post-Election Issues and Contentionsp. 243
Contexts and Verdictsp. 249
Conclusionsp. 256
Conclusions: Damoclean Democracy?p. 261
A Triple-headed Monstrosity & Mine-filled Exitsp. 261
Negotiations-Democratization Approachp. 262
Substantive Similarities and Differencesp. 267
Theoretical Reprisep. 274
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9789004180338
ISBN-10: 9004180338
Series: International Studies in Sociology and Social Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 28th February 2010
Publisher: Brill
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.68