Stories of Democracy

Politics and Society in Contemporary Kuwait

Mary Ann Tétreault

Columbia University Press

Stories of Democracy

Pub Date: June 2000

ISBN: 9780231114899

326 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $34.00£28.00

Pub Date: June 2000

ISBN: 9780231505130

326 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $33.99£28.00

Stories of Democracy

Politics and Society in Contemporary Kuwait

Mary Ann Tétreault

Columbia University Press

A sophisticated investigation of the shifting tides of democratic governance in modern Kuwait from 1921 to the present based on interviews both with political activists and members of the political elite, Stories of Democracy sheds light on a wide array of issues concerning Middle Eastern politics and democratic institutions in general.

Mary Ann Tétreault explores how various political factions have sought to advance their own notions of Kuwaiti history and politics through distinctive popular appeals: (1) pro-democracy forces focusing on Kuwait's relationship to the universal values of the democratic world around them, and (2) anti-democrats proffering Arab and Muslim religious and cultural traditions. She explores how such dramatic events as the suspension of the Kuwaiti constitution in 1986 and the invasion by Iraq in 1990 occasioned major shifts in the course of the democracy movement. The current running through virtually all of the nation's political drama is the monolithic Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), used by the government as an instrument of economic strength to safeguard sovereignty in the absence of military might.
Tetreault provides a fascinating and insightful analysis of political life and institutions in Kuwait.... has the quality of an academic thriller. Middle East Studies Association Bulletin
Stories of democracy is a brilliantly performed study on the politics of democratization in Kuwait which successfully combines theoretical notions of democracy with empirical research. De Welt des Islams
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. Citizens and States
3. Stories of State and Society
4. Democratic Structures and Practices, 1921-1990
5. Iraqi Occupation and Kuwaiti Democracy
6. The Election of 1992
7. Back to the Future: The Return of Normal Politics
8. Getting By with a Little Help from Our Friends
9. Stories of Democracy
Notes
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Mary Ann Tétreault is a professor of political science at Iowa State University in Ames.