The Elgar Companion to Post-Conflict Transition
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The Elgar Companion to Post-Conflict Transition

Edited by Hans-Joachim Giessmann, Roger Mac Ginty, Beatrix Austin and Christine Seifert

What are the main drivers of political transition and regime change? And to what extent do these apparently seismic political changes result in real change? These questions are the focus of this comparative study written by a mix of scholars and practitioners. This state-of-the-art volume identifies patterns in political transitions, but is largely unconvinced that these transitions bring about real change to the underlying structures of society. Patriarchy, land tenure, and economic systems often remain immune to change, despite the headlines.
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Chapter 5: Iran

Christian Emery

Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to set out where the main debates lie on the origins, development, and consequences of Iran’s transition from status quo orientated monarchical authoritarianism to revolutionary Islamic Republic. The broad structure of the analysis is to first examine the international and structural causes of regime change. The second part will analyze the role of social movements and other domestic and ideational factors, including the unique role of violence, protest, and cultural symbols. The final section will discuss the international consequences of the revolution and also analyze some of the key political, economic, and social changes it brought about in Iran.

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