Reconsidering Presidential Elections in the Middle East

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Ohio State University. Mershon Center for International Security Studies

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Jason Brownlee is Assistant Professor of Government and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas. He teaches undergraduate courses on U.S. foreign policy and Mideast politics, and graduate seminars on democratization and modern Islamic movements. Brownlee is author of Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization (Cambridge University Press, 2007), which examines the historical sources of electoral contestation and regime change during the last 30 years. He has published articles in World Politics, Comparative Politics, and Studies in Comparative International Development. His article "Hereditary Succession in Modern Autocracies" was recognized by the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association as best article of 2007. Brownlee is currently dividing his time between two large projects. The first addresses major cases of U.S. occupation abroad, while the second looks comparatively at local challenges to the Egyptian government.


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election, Middle East, government