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Middle East Today

Social Capital, Civic Engagement and Democratization in Kurdistan

Authors: Khedir, Hewa Haji

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  • Examines social capital and transition to democracy in Kurdistan
  • Presents a fresh perspective on the challenges that surrounded the transition to democracy in KRI
  • Based on a bottom-up approach, it reveals the influences of political culture on the establishment of democratic institutions and norms in a conflict context
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This book examines social capital and transition to democracy in Kurdistan. By utilizing the growing literature and Social Capital Theory, the project presents a different perspective on challenges that surrounded the process of transition to democracy in KRI. The work is based on a bottom-up approach as it unpacks the influences of political culture on the establishment of democratic institutions and norms in a conflicting context. The author splits the concept into three main components: trust, social networks and civic engagement and tests them imperially in the context of KRI. The monograph will interest graduate students, researchers and policy makers in the fields of political science, sociology and Middle Eastern Studies. 

About the authors

Hewa Haji Khedir is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Religion, Reconciliation and Peace (CRRP) at the University of Winchester, UK. He received his Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of Kurdistan Hewler (UKH) in 2013. Before moving to the UK, Dr. Khedir was an Assistant Professor of Political Sociology at Salahaddin University- Erbil and served as a Visiting Professor at a number of universities in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Dr. Khedir’s research focuses on communal relations and prejudice, peacebuilding and reconciliation, urbanization and social capital and transition to democracy.

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“This book gives remarkable insights into the problems of transition to democracy, using an interesting case study. Dr. Khedir's sociological angle grants us a window into the important and sometimes neglected question of social capital in democratic politics. The weakness of the fast-track transition model becomes evident, as its institutional design proves insufficient for a transition success without supportive social relationships in place.”

Alex Danilovich, PhD, Senior Associate, Institute on Governance, Ottawa, Canada.

“The simplistic importation of ‘democratic devices’ such as parliaments, as Hewa Haji Khedir demonstrates here in this detailed analysis, is not the same as democratisation. … The lack of sufficient societal trust and effective civil literacy and communications to foster it all undermines the development of adequate mechanisms for accountability, and without accountability there can be no democracy.”

Pippa Catterall, Professor of History and Policy, University of Westminster, London, UK.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Capital, Civic Engagement and Democratization in Kurdistan
Authors
Series Title
Middle East Today
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-42144-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-42144-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-42143-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 198
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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