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K4D Helpdesk Report

Who are the elite groups in Iraq and how do they exercise power?

Published on 30 June 2018

The 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq transformed Iraq’s political settlement by ejecting the previous
elites from power and by initiating state-building processes with previously marginalised elites and different governance principles. Iraq’s current day elites and institutions are the inheritors of that process. This review summarises the post-2003 processes that structure the nature of Iraqi politics today, it then explains how elites exercise power within these processes, and who those elites are.

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Herbert, S. (2018). Who are the elite groups in Iraq and how do they exercise power? K4D Helpdesk Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

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Institute of Development Studies
authors
Herbert, Siân
language
English

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