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dc.contributor.advisorSuri, Jeremi
dc.contributor.advisorInboden, William, 1972-
dc.creatorPritchard, Megan Ashleyen
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-13T19:05:56Zen
dc.date.issued2014-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2014en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/26499en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis work explains the structure and function of the contemporary Iranian government by examining the government's formal political, religious and national security structures and the informal networks that empower and constrain the individuals who fill formal regime positions. The research argues that the Islamic Republic of Iran should be understood as a solar system in which the Supreme Leader resides at the center and oversees all other government bodies. These bodies have their own responsibilities and power, but ultimately answer to the Supreme Leader. The work outlines the current Iranian political landscape by examining the dominant ideological currents. It analyzes informal networks using the examples of three relevant actors: President Hassan Ruhani, Majles Speaker Ali Larijani and Supreme Leader Advisor Ali-Akbar Velayati. The paper concludes with predictions for evolutions in Iranian policy in the remainder of the first Ruhani Administration.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectIranen
dc.subjectGovernmenten
dc.subjectInformal networksen
dc.titleFormal systems and informal networks : Iranian power politics in principle and practiceen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.date.updated2014-10-13T19:05:56Zen
dc.description.departmentGlobal Policy Studiesen
dc.description.departmentMiddle Eastern Studiesen
thesis.degree.departmentGlobal Policy Studiesen
thesis.degree.departmentMiddle Eastern Studiesen
thesis.degree.disciplineGlobal Policy Studiesen
thesis.degree.disciplineMiddle Eastern Studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Global Policy Studiesen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen


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