Can party-line commitment be achieved in the Egyptian case?
Researcher, Director, Arab Forum for Alternatives
The final chapter in the book: Commitment to the Party Line: Egyptian and International Experiences
With: Ahmed Fawzy, Nick Sigler, Sameh Makram Ebeid, And Jacqui Smith
Party line commitment is defined as the commitment of a political party’s members to the party’s programme, the resolutions of its general policy, and the tools for implementing the party’s decisions, in addition to showing loyalty to the party. This makes the issue of party line commitment similar to the ‘Carrot and Stick’ approach in which distribution and management are subject to the extent of approval of a member’s votes and his/her commitment to loyalty to the party. Party members adopting certain attitudes and stances that contradict the basic principles of the party would bring harm to the party’s reputation. They would lead to the party losing the trust of people and citizens, since adopting attitudes or stances that are not in line with the party’s basic guidelines on a certain issue can be used against the party in the media and in political skirmishes, leading to people losing confidence in the political party.
 Assistant researcher: Nouran Sayed Ahmad, assistant researcher at Arab Forum for Alternatives