Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Charting power in Iran

Ken Halla has posted a link to a 2009 chart from the New York Times illustrating the power relationships in Iran's political system. He notes that its age doesn't seem to cause any problems of inaccuracy.

It's a great chart for tracing the complex lines of power. I'd ask my students to analyze almost any political event in Iran using this chart.

The Hierarchy of Power in Iran
Elections aside, Iran is ruled from the top by a supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose sweeping powers extend in all directions. He is pre-eminent among five power centers in Iran, as identified by experts on the country and ranked here in order of importance.

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