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Title: Civil society and political change in Morocco
Author: Sater, James Nadim
ISNI:       0000 0000 5491 5768
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2003
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Since the early 1990s, Morocco has been undergoing a period of political change and refonn. At the same time, Morocco witnessed an increased activity of organisations of civil society, which have been able to initiate discourses on human rights, women's rights and also Berber rights. As a result, political change has been associated with increasing political space that has been accorded to these non-state actors. By focusing on the relationship between changing features of the Moroccan state on the one hand, and increasing civil society activity on the other, this thesis aims to answer the question of whether organisations of civil society have constituted a factor in their own right that has contributed to political change in Morocco. While the general assumption is that increased civil society activity leads to changes towards 'democracy', it is aimed to show that this assumption does not always hold. Therefore, the concept of civil society will be coupled with that of the public sphere, in order to illustrate how increasing activity in the public sphere has an impact on policy makers without, however, forcing rulers to embrace full, Westemstyle democracy. Consequently, far from considering the lack of civil society's 'democratic' challenge to the regime as a default, it will be shown that this has been one of civil society's most essential features and one which allowed it to rally for rights-oriented policies.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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