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Political Change in the Middle East and North Africa

After the Arab Spring

Edited by Inmaculada Szmolka

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Analyses the democratic dimension of the recent political changes in MENA

Taking a comparative approach, this book considers the ways in which political regimes have changed since the Arab Spring. It addresses a series of questions about political change in the context of the revolutions, upheavals and protests that have taken place in North Africa and the Arab Middle East since December 2010, and looks at the various processes have been underway in the region: democratisation (Tunisia), failed democratic transitions (Egypt, Libya and Yemen), political liberalisation (Morocco) and increased authoritarianism (Bahrain, Kuwait, Syria). In other countries, in contrast to these changes, the authoritarian regimes remain intact (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Arab United Emirates.

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INTRODUCTION, Inmaculada Szmolka

Chapter 1. Analytical Framework for a Comparative Study of Change in Political Regimes, Inmaculada Szmolka
Chapter 2. The Arab Spring Changes under the Prism of International Relations Theory, Rafael Bustos

Chapter 3. Parties and Party Systems Change, Lise Storm
Chapter 4. Elections and Electoral Integrity, Guadalupe Martínez-Fuentes
Chapter 5. Constitutional reform processes, Ewa K. Strzelecka and Mª Angustias Parejo
Chapter 6. Government and Power Relations, Victoria Veguilla
Chapter 7. Good Governance in MENA Countries, Raquel Ojeda and Francesco Cavatorta
Chapter 8. Civil Society and Social Movements, Carmelo Pérez-Beltrán and Ignacio Álvarez-Ossorio
Chapter 9. Public Rights and Liberties, Luis Melián
Chapter 10. Media and Media Freedom, Javier García-Marín

Chapter 11. Regional Order and Regional Powers in the Middle East and North Africa, Jordi Quero and Eduard Soler i Lecha
Chapter 12. The Political and Security Repercussions of the Islamic State in the MENA Region, Marién Durán and Víctor Bados
Chapter 13. EU and EU Member States’ Responses to the Arab Spring, Irene Fernández-Molina
Chapter 14. The foreign policy of the United States following the Arab Spring, Juan Tovar

Chapter 15. Successful and Failed Transitions to Democracy, Inmaculada Szmolka
Chapter 16. Political liberalisation processes, Inmaculada Szmolka and Irene Fernández-Molina
Chapter 17. Autocratisation, Authoritarian Progressions and Fragmented States, Inmaculada Szmolka and Marién Durán

About the Author

Inmaculada Szmolka is Professor in Comparative Politics and Middle Eastern and North African Politics at the University of Granada.


'We finally have the first, rich comparison on the political changes that have been taking place in MENA countries, where domestic and international aspects are analysed in depth. Thus, the book is a compulsory reading for scholars, students and even more for all professionals who with different responsibilities are operating in the area.'

- Leonardo Morlino, Professor of political science, LUISS G. Carli, Rome
'A broad look at the region since the Arab Spring, offering critical parallels and contrasts.'

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