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Informal Power in the Greater Middle East. Hidden Geographies

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by Andrea Teti
ECIA Senior Fellow
Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government - Routledge. Taylor & Francis Group

Over the last decade or so, academic and non-academic observers have focussed mainly, if not exclusively on the institutions and places of formal power in the Greater Middle East, depicting politics in the region as a small area limited to local authoritarian rulers. In contrast, this book, co-edited by Andrea Teti, ECIA Senior Fellow, aims to explore the ‘hidden geographies’ of power, i.e. the political dynamics developing inside, in parallel to, and beyond institutional forums; arguing that these hidden geographies play a crucial role, both in support of and in opposition to official power. By observing less frequented spaces of power, co-option, and negotiation, and particularly by focusing on the interplay between formal and informal power, this interdisciplinary collection provides new insights in the study of the intersection between policy-making and practical political dynamics in the Greater Middle East.

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