Democracy and Development in the Arab World

The 2002 Arab Human Development Report identified a fundamental "freedom deficit" in the Arab World evident in the widespread authoritarianism and lack of democracy throughout the region. This grant will allow researchers Samir Makdisi and Ibrahim Elbadawi to investigate the reasons why such a freedom deficit exists and why it has persisted over time. Based on a recently completed cross-country statistical analysis, they will analyze the role of three factors in promoting or hindering democratization and good governance in several Arab countries: oil, regional conflicts and political institutions. The interrelationships between these three factors will be examined in depth in eight case studies using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

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Start Date

Friday, September 15, 2006

End Date

Monday, September 14, 2009


18 months

IDRC Officer

Ahmimed, Charaf

Total funding

CA$ 339,500


Middle East, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Ibrahim Ahmed Elbadawi

Project Leader

Professor Samir Makdisi


American University of Beirut

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