Political Culture and the Nature of Political Participation in Egypt.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis analyzes Egyptian political culture and the directive effect which it has upon political development, elite recruitment and the nature of political participation. The pervasive nature of Islam and the centrality of kinship remain the basic factors in determining the nature of political participation in Egypts non-institutional and personalist politics. The basic of Sadats control, like that of his predecessor, rests with his continued support of the regimes conditional guardian, the military, and his ability to manage an intricate network of political clients. Despite the forces of modernization, political influence in Egypt rests with the traditional leadership of the rural elite and their urban family linkages. As such, a major threat to the regimes internal stability would not likely arise without the support of traditional rural elites, whose interests are strongly represented in the military. The masses are likely to resort to extra-legal activities only when fundamental values are threatened. Author
- Government and Political Science