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Political culture and state evolution in Iran. A cultural history approach
Journal Title: STORIA URBANA  
Author/s: Mahmoud Sariolghalam 
Year:  2011 Issue: 131 Language: Italian 
Pages:  17 Pg. 35-51 FullText PDF:  487 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SU2011-131003
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The article focuses on the evolution of the Iranian governance, considering the post-1979 period, and investigating the weaknesses and the strengths of the Iranian state structures. Authoritarianism and a peculiar geopolitical role are of particular importance in explaining why this country has experienced such a tumultuous past. In particular, its geographical position has been the cause of the over-emphasis of the threat to nation al security, whilst the economic growth and political efficiency have never been perceived as priorities. The essay considers the issue of national identity too. The Iranian identity is basically contested, as it drowns down its roots from three different contexts, namely nationalism, Islam and a philosophical and ancient intimacy with Western intellectual history. These "sources of identity" are in perpetual conflict. This identity and a contested model of government make the national political culture and governance instable.
Keywords: Identity crisis Political culture Governance

Mahmoud Sariolghalam, Political culture and state evolution in Iran. A cultural history approach in "STORIA URBANA " 131/2011, pp. 35-51, DOI:10.3280/SU2011-131003

   

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