The Iranian leviathan : state formation, progress and democracy in Iran

Marc Botenga
Democracy in Iran has since 1979 been a major preoccupation for the West. Most commentators have failed to see the Iranian revolution as a step towards the establishment of a modern democratic state. This illustrates a profound misunderstanding of different steps in this direction. In three phases contemporary Iranian history reads as a tale of state formation. In the sense that a state needs to be strong enough to democratize, the Iranian twentieth century reads...