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Between Ballots and Bullets: Algeria's Transition from Authoritarianism Paperback – July 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0815773016 ISBN-10: 0815773013 Edition: First Thus

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press; First Thus edition (July 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815773013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815773016
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Of the several works that have sought to shed light on the... conflict plaguing Algeria since 1992, Quandt's is... the clearest, the best balanced, and best written.... Quandt's arguments, the result of significant and thoughtful research, are constructed with great rationality and persuasiveness and are laid out with refreshing clarity." —John Ruedy, Georgetown University, Middle East Journal, 4/1/2001

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William B. Quandt is professor of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His previous books include The Algerian Crisis: Policy Options for the West (Carnegie, 1996) and Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict since 1967 (Brookings/California, 1993). --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
Ballots and Bullets is only one of several books I have read dealing with Algerian Politics recently, and it amazed me how Quandt was able to grasp the fundamental themes of the transition Algeria has made in the past years. Quandt has a perspective on the subject that had never entered my mind before, and he explains it in the most comprehensive manner possible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Courtney E. Lodge on November 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
Between Ballots & Bullets by William Quandt is an excellent and exhaustive study of Algeria's transition from authoritarianism. The book is split into two parts: political history and political analysis. In Part I, the reader gets an excellent political history of the country, beginning with the struggle for independence from France all the way to aftermath of the 1997 elections (the book was published in 1998). In Part II, Quandt offers contending "perspectives" for analyzing Algeria's plight. He details cultural, socioeconomic and political explanations for the situation, while taking care never to dismiss the power of human agency and contextualized choice. In this book review, I will briefly summarize the book, review Quandt's style, and propose future implications for Algeria based on the knowledge I have gained.
It almost seems repetitive to give a summary of this book, because Quandt is extremely concise. He begins with a political account of the Algerian struggle for independence. He observes,

...the revolution that was launched November 1, 1954 was not only against the French, but also against the existing political institutions that Algerians had forged over the previous generation. In its origins, the Algerian revolution was antipolitics and antiparty. (18)
This observation is important because it helps the reader understand the importance of nationalism in the revolution. The Algerians did not fight with a detailed governance plan in their back pocket. Rather, they fought for a chance to establish themselves as independent people.
After discussing the Revolution and its rhetorical emphasis on unity, Quandt moves into the Boumedience Era.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1998
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Quandt explains, very thouroughly, just how Algeria transformed from authoritarianism. He writes so clearly and beautifully about the subject that you get the feeling that he is the only one who knows anything about this subject, which i am sure he is.
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