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Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring (Columbia/Hurst) Hardcover – August 21, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Columbia/Hurst
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231703244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231703246
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


History, culture, and geography have set North Africa apart from the rest of the Arab and Mediterranean worlds. Yet it would be difficult to find three more different countries than Morocco, the conservative monarchy, 'revolutionary' Algeria, and 'moderate' Tunisia -- particularly in light of the Arab Spring of 2011. Drawing on more than two decades of living and working in the Maghreb, Michael J. Willis crafts a brilliant guide to the ever-changing culture, society, and politics of this critical part of the world. It is the best book on the subject by far and confirms Willis's reputation as the foremost authority on the comparative politics of North Africa in the English-speaking world.

(Eugene Rogan, author of The Arabs: A History )

This accessible and timely volume provides an excellent background to the extraordinary events currently taking place in North Africa. Taking a thematic approach to developments in Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco, Michael J. Willis highlights their similarities and differences in ways essential to an understanding of whether continuity or radical change will characterize the region in the future.

(Claire Spencer, Middle East and North Africa Program, Chatham House)


A novel and very successful attempt to describe and analyze the political evolution of the three core countries of North Africa -- Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco -- from independence to the present day. The volume concludes with the eruption of the Arab Spring in 2011 and, as such, gives an immensely valuable comparative study of the articulation and exercise of power in the Maghreb in the period before the radical changes now under way. An essential introduction to a complex and unpredictable region for academics, professionals, and general readers.

(George Joffe, University of Cambridge)

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