THE POLITICS OF REFORM IN IRAN (1997-2005):
The Development of Electoral Processes, the Evolution of Civil Society, and the Rise of Political Movements

Author: Razavi, Reza
Year:2011
Pages:388
ISBN:0-7734-1439-8
978-0-7734-1439-6
Price:239.95
An examination of Iran’s post-revolutionary political system. In particular, the study
analyzes contemporary Iranian history and the composition of competing political factions. The tension between the central authority of the Supreme Leader and these factions continues to be a major source of instability in the country.

Reviews

“…that the likelihood of political change, and the shape that it is likely to be permitted to take, so long as the current regime stays in place, can only be understood by reference to the central fact that this a theocratic and Islamic republic.”-Prof. John Garrard, University of Salford



“…its extension of our understanding of the politics of reform in Iran in that crucial period, and also of the effects of these developments and conflicts on Iranian understandings of Islam itself, make it particularly useful to anyone seeking more insight into the forces at work in the Islamic Republic of Iran…” Prof. Eve Garrard, University of Manchester

“The findings of the research open a new opportunity for further studies into the field and provide a new dynamic from which to view the process of reform, the attempted democratization, and the conservative blacklash in Iran.”-Prof. Mehrdad Mashayekhi, Georgetown University

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Garrard

Acknowledgement

Introduction

Chapter 1: Discussions of political change and democratisation

In Iran and elsewhere

Chapter 2: The development of electoral processes

Chapter 3: Political development and the evolution of civil society

Chapter 4: The rise in political movements

Chapter 5: Conclusion

Chapter 6: Postscript

The post-Khatami yearsv

Bibliography

Index