"Heibach studies how the Joint Meeting Parties evolved over time, not only providing an unparalleled understanding of the internal workings of an opposition alliance but also following the record of this remarkably sustained effort as it operated under conditions that varied wildly from local elections to national uprising."—Nathan J. Brown, George Washington University
This meticulously researched book offers a comprehensive analysis of strategic cooperation in authoritarian regimes, specifically focusing on Yemen’s Joint Meeting Parties—an alliance composed of diverse Islamist, Socialist, and Arab nationalist parties. Heibach presents a unique case study that explores the alliance’s remarkable longevity and ultimate success, shedding light on the reasons behind the emergence and endurance of opposition cooperation in autocracies.
To provide a nuanced understanding of strategic cooperation, Heibach advocates for the separate examination of internal and external alliance performance. The internal logic of cooperation, which centers on the sustenance of the alliance, and the external logic, driven by goal attainment, give rise to contradictions that significantly impact overall alliance performance.
Drawing on a wide range of primary sources and employing rigorous methodologies, The Logic of Cooperation in Autocracies offers a vital addition to the academic discourse on authoritarianism, opposition politics, and coalition formation. It is an indispensable resource for scholars, researchers, and students seeking deep insights into the complex world of strategic cooperation in autocratic systems and its profound implications for political conflicts.
Jens Heibach is a postdoctoral research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies in Hamburg, Germany. He received his PhD from Philipps University of Marburg. He has published in the Democratization and Middle Eastern Studies journals, as well as in the International Encyclopedia of Political Science and Encyclopedia of
Islam, Third Edition.
6 x 9, 336 pages, 4 black and white illustrations