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meramli

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turkish
islam in revolution-hrair dekmejian

The legitimacy of political systems and elites is constantly reinforced or weakened, depending on the performance of leaders. Operating from a weak legitimacy base, Arab leaders have often lacked the requisite initial “political capital" to generate effective policies that constitute the building blocks of stable public order.

What does exactly mean? Is it an idiom? My english is weak, can you explain in easy words please?
 
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    Operating from x means working from x, where x is a place where you work. Working from home - home is where the work is performed. In this case it's talking not about a physical place but about a situation. Having a weak legitimacy base was "where" Arab leaders had to work from.
     
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