New edited volume on political parties in North Africa (in German language)

The 2011 uprisings across the Arab World have also brought the end of hitherto omnipresent state parties, such as the National Democratic Party (NDP) in Egypt or the Rassemblement Constitutionnel Démocratique (RDC) in Tunisia. This collection of nine articles, written by Arab and European scholars and edited in German language by Prof. Sigrid Faath for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, analyses the development of political parties in the five North African countries Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. Besides, the book contains a comprehensive overview of the existing political parties in each of the five countries. IES Senior Researcher Dr Jan Claudius Völkel has contributed a cross-assessment of the political parties’ relevance in all North African countries, stating that they, as policy-makers, are “neither wanted nor needed”, hence drawing a pessimistic picture about the needed institutionalisation of politics, which is still too much in the hands of few influential public figures or, like in Algeria or Egypt, the security services. This chapter is part of Jan’s EU-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowship on Parliaments in the Arab world, that he currently conducts at the IES.

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