Between the International Hammer and the Local Anvil: Municipal Elections in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi municipal elections, which began on February 10, have provoked glib predictions of “the first step on the road to democracy.” Yet the elections represent simply another – and for the time being – successful coping mechanism for a skilled royal family that has ruled almost continuously for 250 years.

Full Text: “Between the International Hammer and the Local Anvil: Municipal Elections in Saudi Arabia,” Tel Aviv Notes, No. 129, March 15, 2005.

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