Political Party Development in the Arab World

The last 50 years have witnessed various mutations in Arab political parties in the Middle East and North Africa. Support for nationalist parties has waned and been eclipsed by Islamist parties, now the most dynamic and vocal in the region.

This grant will allow the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) to explore the development of political parties in six Arab countries where governments have taken steps toward democracy or demonstrated some form of openness toward political parties: Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco and Yemen. Researchers will draw on examples of political party development in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Turkey for comparative purposes.

The idea is to produce knowledge on the role of political parties - especially the newly emerging religious parties - in democratic transition and post-conflict contexts with a view to informing policy on political party reform. At the same time, the project will support the creation of a critical mass of Arab experts on the issue of political party development.

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Start Date

Saturday, April 1, 2006

End Date

Thursday, December 31, 2009


30 months

IDRC Officer

Ahmimed, Charaf

Total funding

CA$ 455,953


Bahrain, Middle East, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Yemen, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Turkey


Foundations for Innovation

Project Leader

Oussama Safa


Lebanese Center for Policy Studies L.C.P.S.

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