The Arab League and the GCC—Failures of Regional Organization in the Muslim World?
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This chapter directs attention to Muslim citizens’ attitudes toward regional organizations. Focusing on Arab citizens in particular, it concentrates on the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The former is one of the world’s oldest international and regional organizations; the latter has long been relatively unknown, despite being much more successful in its policies than the Arab League. The chapter argues that public opinion toward these organizations is most affected by each organization’s performance respective to its purported aims. Therefore, it is expected that the Arab League would be perceived less favorably than the GCC. Several datasets are used to test this chapter’s hypothesis. The findings indicate that favorability toward the GCC is indeed significantly higher than toward the Arab League. For individual-level factors, the chapter finds the evaluation of the Arab League performance is most significant in affecting attitudes toward the League.
KeywordsArab League Gulf Cooperation Council Muslim Attitudes Regional organization
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