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Title

Islamic Political Parties and Ballots: Structural Constraints for Electoral Successes

Department

Area Studies

College

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Abstract

There are no political parties that have drawn more rigorous debate in the Muslim countries than modern Islamic political parties. Some of the scholarly literature tends to take a deterministic approach toward explaining the electoral outcomes of Islamic parties arguing that Islamists are inevitably within the reach of power either through democratic or non-democratic means. Such explanations ignore the fact that there is a variation within Islamic political parties with regard to their overall electoral performances in parliamentary elections across the Muslim World. Further, not all of them are doomed to failure if they participate in parliamentary elections. This study is an attempt to focus on a specific aspect of Islamic parties political participation, their electoral performances. To this end, the research addresses the following questions: Why does the overall electoral performance of Islamic political parties vary from one Muslim country to another? Under what macroeconomic and political conditions are Islamic political parties more likely to be successful in parliamentary elections? what impact do the political contexts in which Islamic parties operate and their strategic interactions have on their electoral outcomes?

Conference Name

The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual conference

Conference Location

Chicago, IL

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