Political Access and Public Goods in the Muslim World



The cases of Turkey, Malaysia, and Indonesia have shown that states that both permit institutionalized participation and maintain effective capacity to provide public goods are better able to encourage Islamist groups to adopt peaceful strategies and eschew violent ones. In Malaysia, where both participation and capacity have been present, intervention by external forces did not occur. The experiences of Indonesia and Turkey shows how shortfalls in capacity empowered radical movements to take the law into their own hands, despite the presence of institutionalized channels for participation. This chapter seeks to apply this theory to several cases from the Arab and the larger Muslim world: Kuwait, Bahrain, Bangladesh, and Yemen.


Public Good Political Participation Security Service Muslim World Muslim Brotherhood 
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