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Raging Against the Machine
Political Opposition under Authoritarianism in Egypt

Holger Albrecht

Cloth $39.95s    |    978-0-8156-3320-4    |    2013

ebook 978-0-8156-5226-7

"Albrecht does not only provide a knowledgeable and detailed study of the contentious dynamics between the opposition and the regime leadership in an authoritarian regime that increases our understanding of opposition in authoritarian settings, but also goes on to demonstrate how these very dynamics continue to shape politics in post-revolutionary Egypt."—DAVO

"A good account of Kifaya can be found in Holger Albrecht’s timely study of the opposition movements that existed under Mubarak. Contrary to the caricatures that became de rigueur once the balloon went up, Albrecht insists that Mubarak’s was ‘a liberalised authoritarian regime that provides [sic] limited—because entirely controlled from above—though surprisingly substantial degrees of pluralism’."—Hugh Roberts, London Review of Books

"In Raging Against the Machine, Holger Albrecht provides a nuanced reading of the Egyptian opposition. He shows how a wide range of oppositions—from loyal parties to anti-system Islamists—navigated shifting political landscapes in multifaceted struggles for power. Most importantly, he convincingly demonstrates how small but critical transformations within and between oppositions, and in their relations with the state, were transformative. The book reminds us to go beyond dichotomous readings of regimes and opposition, authoritarianism and democracy, and in doing so, helps us to understand opposition not only under Mubarak, but in present-day Egypt as well."—Ellen Lust, Yale University

"A clear and sophisticated survey of Egypt’s multifaceted opposition that will be helpful for students, general readers, and a handy compendium for specialists"—Fred Lawson, author of Constructing International Relations in the Arab World

  Raging Against the Machine

  Holger Albrecht is an assistant professor of comparative politics and politics of the Middle East and North Africa at the American University in Cairo. He is also a senior research fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. He is the editor of Contentious Politics in the Middle East: Political Opposition under Authoritarianism.

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6 x 9, 248 pages, notes, glossary, bibliography, index

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