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Deconstructing “Democracy” in Afghanistan

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures and Photos ........................................................... Acronyms ........................................................................................ Glossary ......................................................................................... Executive Summary............................................................................

  • 1.

    Introduction .................................................................................

    • 1.1

      Introduction to the study and rationale ...........................................

    • 1.2

      Understandings of democracy and democratisation in the literature.........

    • 1.3

      Islam, democracy and the state ....................................................

  • 2.

    Democratisation Efforts in Afghanistan .................................................

    • 2.1

      Underlying assumptions of Afghanistan’s democratisation process............

    • 2.2

      Today’s Afghanistan: A world away from 2001 ....................................

  • 3.

    Methodology and Provincial Contexts ...................................................

    • 3.1

      Methodology ...........................................................................

    • 3.2

      Provincial contexts ....................................................................

  • 4.

    Democracy as an Imported Concept .....................................................

    • 4.1

      A new tyranny? Perceptions of democracy as hegemonic imperialism ........

    • 4.2

      Western/Islamic democracy and the charchaokat-i-Islam .....................

    • 4.3

      Women’s behaviour: Male and female perspectives .............................

    • 4.4

      Elections: An Afghan institution?....................................................

    • 4.5

      Section summary ......................................................................

  • 5.

    Democracy, Security and Stability: A Problematic Relationship .....................

    • 5.1

      Security from, security to............................................................

    • 5.2

      Stability: The possibility of regime change and perceived threat of politica

    • 5.3

      A politics of consensus: Preferred but problematic..............................

    • 5.4

      Section summary ......................................................................

  • 6.

    Democracy as the Ultimate Equaliser ...................................................

    • 6.1

      Problems with equality in candidacy and voting .................................

    • 6.2

      Some are more equal than others: Equality not delivered, even if desired .

    • 6.3

      Narratives of inclusion and exclusion: Perakh bansat ...........................

    • 6.4

      Section summary ......................................................................

  • 7.

    Conclusions ..................................................................................

    • 7.1

      Trends in the data: What do Afghans want from a political system? ..........

    • 7.2

      Concluding remarks and potential implications ..................................

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