The Failure of the Social Contract in Iraq:Iraqi Perspectives

Ardovini, Lucia and O'Driscoll, Dylan (2023) The Failure of the Social Contract in Iraq:Iraqi Perspectives. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. ISSN 1750-2985

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This article focuses on the failure of the post-2003 social contract in Iraq. It relies on extensive primary data collected in all of Iraq's 19 provinces through focus groups. It develops an analytical framework based on five core elements (corruption, services, security, economy, and governance), that can be applied to the assessment of the state of a social contract. The article argues that the steady decline of the social contract has fueled Iraqis’ resentment and discontent with the ruling elites and inspired their calls to move beyond sectarian divides toward addressing the most pressing issues facing Iraq.

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Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding
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31 May 2023 10:25
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