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A step towards democracy? 2005 municipal elections in Saudi Arabia

Alghamdy, Saeed Saleh Goshash 2011. A step towards democracy? 2005 municipal elections in Saudi Arabia. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.

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Abstract

This research found Saudis were apathetic for a variety of different reasons, but the main factors that might have contributed to the citizen's apathy were the following three factors. First, a lack of political awareness among a considerable number of citizens regarding the importance and the role of the elections in general, and municipal elections in Saudi society in particular, might be the main reason for apathy. Second, the ineffectiveness of the government's awareness media campaign before and during the elections might have failed to educate people about the importance and regulations of the electoral process, and to urge them to participate in it. Third, the ineffectiveness of the candidates' electoral campaigns may have reduced citizens' enthusiasm towards municipal elections. Moreover, findings showed the factors that caused apathy in Saudi Arabia resemble those in other democratic countries around the world, despite the fact that Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 18:12
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/54209

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