Military electoral authoritarianism in Egypt

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Abstract

This article argues that the current regime under President Abdel Fatah Sisi has established a military electoral authoritarian state with a non-dominant party electoral system. Coupled with Egypt's long tradition of nepotism, cronyism, and patronage networks, the new election laws perpetuate a fragmented, depoliticized parliament wherein no mobilized opposition can take shape to challenge the military state. The cause of Egypt's current depoliticization, however, is not a weak central party beholden to the presidency - as was the case under Sadat and Mubarak - but rather hundreds of rent-seeking parliamentarians with no party affiliation. Sisi intentionally structured the parliament to consist of over 400 individual, self-interested actors vulnerable to bribery or coercion to keep them depoliticized and compliant. This strategy facilitates purging any parliamentary figures who emerge to challenge executive power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-295
Number of pages16
JournalElection Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Law

Keywords

  • Egypt
  • authoritarianism
  • democracy
  • dictatorship
  • military
  • rule of law

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