Iran under Ahmadinejad: populism and its malcontents

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This article assesses the rise of President Ahmadinejad from the perspective of the Weberian concept of charismatic authority. It argues that in re-engaging with an authoritative structure founded on charisma, the hard line political establishment of the Islamic Republic have returned to a traditional form of autocratic power which is inherently unstable. The cycle of distress and enthusiasm from which it grows generates a momentum and ideological polarization which the leaders of the Islamic Republic may find increasingly difficult to escape.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-700
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Affairs
Issue number4
Early online date19 Jul 2008
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008


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