Introduction to Studying 2012 Egyptian Election

Authors: Elsheikh, D.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

This chapter explains the importance of the 2012 Egyptian elections and gives an overview for the whole book. The chapter highlights why it’s important to study campaigns in order to understand the outcome of the 2012 election as well as the longer-term political situation in Egypt. The chapter explains this by highlighting literature on campaign functions in elections and campaign professionalism (mainly what it means and how to measure it). In addition, it highlights the validity of using the professionalisation index in studying campaign professionalism. The chapter also discusses the relationship between professionalisation and democracy.

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