Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Libya's Transition to Democracy: Narrowing Institutional and Governance Gaps
by Kadlec, Amanda, M.A., The George Washington University, 2012, 75; 1535555
Abstract (Summary)

Libya is a country in transition. By the official start date of the transition process on October 23, 2011, Libya was essentially devoid of the institutional capacities required to operate a functioning state in the traditional Weberian sense. The weak central state Qadhafi left behind has led some observers to anticipate the transition to democracy doomed, but this factor has in some sense facilitated a clearer break away from authoritarianism. Freedom from engrained institutional constraints has in many respects allowed Libya the unique opportunity to state-build from a tabula rasa; there are no preconceptions as to how that democratic state should be or the sequencing and methods it should employ to achieve it. It is precisely the combination of high uncertainty in the democratic experiment with institutional deficiencies at the state level that require flexibility in the manner in which the new Libya is to be created and its transition assessed. Taking into consideration its institutional weakness and the steps that the country's transitional bodies have taken thus far toward establishing a post-Qadhafi state, is Libya on a trajectory towards a successful transition to democracy? Is democracy even possible?

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lynch, Marc, Fuerth, Leon
Commitee: Nau, Henry
School: The George Washington University
Department: International Affairs
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle Eastern Studies, International Relations, Political science
Keywords: Democracy, Elections, Governance, Institutions, Libya, Security
Publication Number: 1535555
ISBN: 9781303015755
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