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Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean

The Arab Uprisings in Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia

Social, Political and Economic Transformations

Authors: Teti, Andrea, Abbott, Pamela, Cavatorta, Francesco

  • Studies political, economic and social changes in the MENA region between 2011 and 2014 
  • Originally examines objective data through the perception of citizens
  • Considers the effects of the Arab Uprisings from the perspective of societies rather than states
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The Arab Uprisings were unexpected events of rare intensity in Middle Eastern history – mass, popular and largely non-violent revolts which threatened and in some cases toppled apparently stable autocracies. This volume provides in-depth analyses of how people perceived the socio-economic and political transformations in three case studies epitomising different post-Uprising trajectories – Tunisia, Jordan and Egypt – and drawing on survey data to explore ordinary citizens’ perceptions of politics, security, the economy, gender, corruption, and trust. The findings suggest the causes of protest in 2010-2011 were not just political marginalisation and regime repression, but also denial of socio-economic rights and regimes failure to provide social justice. Data also shows these issues remain unresolved, and that populations have little confidence governments will deliver, leaving post-Uprisings regimes neither strong nor stable, but fierce and brittle. This analysis has direct implications both for policy and for scholarship on transformations, democratization, authoritarian resilience and ‘hybrid regimes’.

About the authors

Andrea Teti is Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, UK, and Co-Director of the Centre for Global Security and Governance. His current research focuses on the politics of democracy promotion, EU-Middle East relations, Egyptian politics, and political theory. He was Scientific Lead for the Arab Transformations project.

Pamela Abbott is Director of the Centre for Global Development and Professor in the School of Education  at the University of Aberdeen, UK. Her current research focuses on socio-economic development and political and social transformations in the Arab world. She was a senior investigator on the Arab Transformations Project. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2001.

Francesco Cavatorta is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Research Fellow at the Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche sur l’Afrique et le Moyen Orient (CIRAM), Laval University, Quebec, Canada. His current research focuses on political parties in the Arab world.   

Reviews

“This volume demonstrates that the supposedly durable autocratic regimes described in the scholarly literature are in fact highly precarious. Even as many analyses treat the Uprisings as “over,” the conditions that led to the Uprisings—the frustration of ordinary citizens, elite corruption, and the dearth of economic opportunities—remain unchanged and, in many places, even worsened.  Combining survey material with informed case studies, this volume not only calls into question the emerging conventional wisdom about the failures of the uprisings in all but Tunisia, it raises challenging questions about the very meaning of democracy and the ways democracy promotion projects are advanced across the region. This is a must-read both for scholars concerned with the politics of the Middle East and the uprisings, and for policy makers and development agencies aiming to advance democratic politics in the region and elsewhere.” (Professor Jillian Schwedler, City University of New York, USA)

“With its mastery of relevant theoretical and conceptual debates and rigorously interrogated survey data, this book offers a nuanced and original analysis of the 2011 Arab Uprisings and their potential to politically transform the region.” (Professor Emma Murphy, Durham University, UK)

“This book provides important -- and surprising -- insights into the attitudes of Arab citizens following the uprisings.  It provides a deeper understanding of the different trajectories the uprisings and of the challenges confronting the region.  A valuable source for the classroom and for researchers.” (Professor Janine Clark, Guelph University, Canada)

“For decades, democratization scholars explained away the Middle East’s lack of democratization by falling back on culturalist arguments. The Uprisings challenged such misconceptions, their iconic peaceful mass protests resonating across the world in demanding ‘bread, freedom, and social justice’. Despite this, the lack of lasting change has again often been put down to ‘culture’. Teti, Abbott, and Cavatorta use data to challenge and enrich what we think we know, and in so doing provide a long overdue correction which avoids exceptionalist temptations. Their analysis draws on qualitative and quantitative research immersed in in-depth understanding of specific cases. By helping explain the Uprisings and revealing the limitations of current theories, the authors make a substantial contribution to the study of the Uprisings. Carefully written, conceived, and executed, this book will have staying power. It should be required reading for anyone wanting to understand the continuing historical process unfolding in the region.”(Professor Josh Stacher, Kent State University, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction and Background

    Teti, Andrea (et al.)

    Pages 1-25

  • Understanding the Context: Hopes and Challenges in 2011

    Teti, Andrea (et al.)

    Pages 27-54

  • Political Challenges: Expectations and Changes 2011–2014

    Teti, Andrea (et al.)

    Pages 55-79

  • Unmet Challenges and Frustrated Expectations: Economic Security and Quality of Life 2011–2014

    Teti, Andrea (et al.)

    Pages 81-102

  • Employment Creation, Corruption and Gender Equality 2011–2014

    Teti, Andrea (et al.)

    Pages 103-122

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-69044-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-69043-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Arab Uprisings in Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia
Book Subtitle
Social, Political and Economic Transformations
Authors
Series Title
Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69044-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69044-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69043-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 142
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
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