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Political Attitude Research in the Arab World: Emerging Opportunities

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 July 2006

Mark Tessler
Affiliation:
University of Michigan
Amaney Jamal
Affiliation:
Princeton University

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This essay describes two very different survey projects that investigate the political attitudes, values, and behavior patterns of ordinary men and women in the Arab world. One is the Arab Democracy Barometer, an American-Arab collaborative project being carried out in five countries. The other is a survey in Palestine conducted as part of the fieldwork for a doctoral dissertation. These projects illustrate the emerging opportunities for political attitude research in the Arab world. The essay begins, however, with a brief reflection on the history of political surveys in the Arab world, which is necessary to appreciate the significance of the opportunities now emerging.

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