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The International Dimension of the Failed Algerian TransitionDemocracy Betrayed?$
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Francesco Cavatorta

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719076169

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719076169.001.0001

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From partners to allies: the integration of authoritarian Algeria in the international system

From partners to allies: the integration of authoritarian Algeria in the international system

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(p.148) 7 From partners to allies: the integration of authoritarian Algeria in the international system
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The International Dimension of the Failed Algerian Transition
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Francesco Cavatorta

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719076169.003.0007

The international dimension played a significant role in the origin, development and conclusion of Algeria's failed transition to democracy. The process of democratisation might have ended even if the FIS had been allowed to govern, as there were serious doubts about its democratic credentials and commitment, but this situation did not arise because of a preventive military coup, which was externally sanctioned and welcomed. This chapter examines the role of the international community in sustaining Algeria's transformation from a radical socialist republic to a compliant ally of the United States and France, supporting neo-liberal economic policies and repressing the most popular domestic political force in the name of values it does not actually practice. It examines three rewards received by Algeria from its newfound international allies, namely: financial and economic rewards, the international legitimisation of the regime borne out of the cancellation of elections, and the realm of security. The chapter concludes by discussing the existence of facade democracy and crony capitalism in Algeria.

Keywords:   Algeria, transition to democracy, FIS, elections, democratisation, international community, democracy, crony capitalism, economic rewards, security

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