Arab Uprisings Explained New Contentious Politics in the Middle East

ISBN-10: 0231158858

ISBN-13: 9780231158855

Edition: 2014

Authors: Marc Lynch
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Description: Why did Tunisian protests following the self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi lead to a massive wave of uprisings across the entire Arab world? Who participated in those protests, and what did they hope to achieve? Why did some leaders fall in the face of popular mobilization while others found ways to survive? And what have been the lasting results of the contentious politics of 2011 and 2012? The Arab uprisings pose stark challenges to the political science of the Middle East, which for decades had focused upon the resilience of entrenched authoritarianism, the relative weakness of civil society, and what seemed to be the largely contained diffusion of new norms and ideas through new information technologies. In this volume, leading scholars in the field take a sharp look at the causes, dynamics, and effects of the Arab uprisings. Compiled by one of the foremost experts on Middle East politics and society, The Arab Uprisings Explained offers a fresh rethinking of established theories and presents a new framework through which scholars and general readers can better grasp the fast-developing events remaking the region. These essays not only advance the study of political science in the Middle East but also integrate the subject seamlessly into the wider political science literature. Deeply committed to the study of this region and working out the kinks of the discipline, the contributors to this volume help scholars and policymakers across the world approach this unprecedented historical period smartly and effectively.

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Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 9/16/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232

Marc Lynch is associate professor of political science at George Washington University and the Elliott School of International Affairs. He is the author of State Interests and Public Spheres: The International Politics of Jordan's Identity, and his articles on the Arab media and Iraq have appeared in the The Wilson Quarterly, Foreign Affairs, the International Herald Tribune, and Middle East Report, among other publications. He also runs the influential Middle East politics blog, Abu Aardvark (www.abuaardvark.com).

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