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Volume :35 Issue : 135 2009      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Democratic Change in the Sultanate

Auther : Dr. Mohammad T. Bani Salamah

     This study aims at studying the process of democratic transition in Oman by introducing and analyzing the basic concepts and their historical development, especially after the initiation of the third wave of democratization in the world. The concept of democracy, models, and the requirements for a political system were discussed as well.

     The study addresses the stages on democratic transition in Oman, which in reality is the outcome the desire of the decision maker to adopt the democratic option as a way of rule, more than a tactic to confront some economic troubles, especially with the decline of oil and gas production.

     Then, the study elaborates democratic reforms and the features of Oman democracy with emphasis on the role of political institutions, such as political parties, and the democratic culture in speeding up the process of democratization. Then, the study analyzes the political, economic, and social obstacles that hinder the process.

     Finally, the study attempts to predict the future of  Omans democracy in the light of domestic, regional and international pressures.  The study concludes that Omans democratic experiment is a pioneering one, capable of more progress and development.

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