ABSTRACT

Over the last decade or so, academic and non-academic observers have focussed mainly, if not exclusively on the institutions and places of formal power in the Greater Middle East, depicting politics in the region as a small area limited to local authoritarian rulers.

In contrast, this book aims to explore the ‘hidden geographies’ of power, i.e. the political dynamics developing inside, in parallel to, and beyond institutional forums; arguing that these hidden geographies play a crucial role, both in support of and in opposition to official power. By observing less frequented spaces of power, co-option, and negotiation, and particularly by focusing on the interplay between formal and informal power, this interdisciplinary collection provides new insights in the study of the intersection between policy-making and practical political dynamics in the Greater Middle East.

Contributing a fresh perspective to a much-discussed topic, Informal Power in the Greater Middle East will be an invaluable resource for students, scholars and those interested in the politics of the region.

chapter |8 pages

Introduction: Crossing the Formal/Informal Boundary

ByANDREA TETI, GENNARO GERVASIO, LUCA ANCESCHI

part |2 pages

Part I Redistributing Power Relations through Informal Alliances

chapter 1|13 pages

In-Formalized Polity and the Politics of Dynasty in Egypt and Libya

Byand Libya LARBI SADIKI

chapter 2|17 pages

Beyond the Party: The Shifting Structure of Syria’s Power

ByPower LORENZO TROMBETTA

chapter 3|14 pages

Power and Clanism in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

ByMASSIMO ALONE

chapter 4|16 pages

When Informal Powers Surface: Civic Activism and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution

ByGENNARO GERVASIO, ANDREA TETI

chapter 5|14 pages

Informal Institutions in Turkish Politics: The Case of Proxy Leadership

ByProxy Leadership GOKHAN BACIK

part |2 pages

PART II Radicalization and Conflict

part |2 pages

Part III Resistance, Co-optation, Centralization