African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 389


The conservative discourse and hegemonic failure of the reform discourse in Iran

  Sara Falahi 
Islamic Azad University- Science and Research Branch- Tehran-Iran. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 29 December 2011
  •  Published: 30 December 2011



When Mohammad khatami’s discourse of reform in Iran gave the political field to its anti discourse of conservative with the leadership of Mohammad Ahmadi Nejad after 8 years, several factors were recognized as the cause of failure of this discourse among which software and hardware power of conservatives were the most influential factors. In addition to criticizing the aforementioned minimalizing approach, the present study believes that no put-aside discourse can dislocate the dominant discourse unless the bearers and agents of the dominant discourse do not observe the rules of the game and make mistakes. Therefore, the essential hypothesis of this study is that increasing the power of conservatives by means of the mistakes of reformists led to dislocation of the reform discourse.


Key words: Discourse, the reform discourse, the conservative discourse, hegemony.