The Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle East by Marc LynchThe Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle East by Marc Lynch

The Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle East

EditorMarc Lynch

Paperback | September 16, 2014

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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.

Marc Lynch is the director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, directs the Project on Middle East Political Science, and is a contributing editor for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog. He is the author of The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East, Voices of the New ...
Title:The Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle EastFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pagesPublished:September 16, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231158858

ISBN - 13:9780231158855

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. Introduction, by Marc Lynch2. Theories of Transition, by Daniel BrumbergPart I: Regional and Cross-National Dimensions3. Diffusion and Demonstration, by David Patel, Valerie Bunce, and Sharon Wolchik4. Authoritarian Learning and Counterrevolution, by Steven Heydemann and Reinoud Leenders5. Media, Old and New, by Marc Lynch6. Inter-Arab Relations and the Regional System, by Curtis R. RyanPart II: Key Actors7. States and Bankers, by Clement M. Henry8. Arab Militaries, by Robert Springborg9. Political Geography, by Jillian Schwedler and Ryan King10. Labor Movements and Organizations, by Vickie Langohr11. Islamist Movements, by Quinn Mecham12. Elections, by Ellen LustPart III: Public Opinion13. Political System Preferences of Arab Publics, by Mark Tessler and Michael Robbins14. Political Attitudes of Youth Cohorts, by Michael Hoffmann and Amaney Jamal15. Constitutional Revolutions and the Public Sphere, by Nathan J. Brown16. Conclusion, by Marc LynchList of ContributorsIndex

Editorial Reviews

An impressively comprehensive volume that sheds valuable light on this unexpected upsurge of contention and its disappointing outcomes.