Young Generation Awakening: Economics, Society, and Policy on the Eve of the Arab Spring by Edward A. Sayre

Young Generation Awakening: Economics, Society, and Policy on the Eve of the Arab Spring

EditorEdward A. Sayre, Tarik M. Yousef

Hardcover | August 10, 2016

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The street protests that erupted in Tunisia in December 2010 and spread quickly throughout the Middle East surprised not only the entrenched dictators of the region but also international observers who collectively had taken for granted the durability of Middle Eastern authoritarianism.Specifically, the Arab Spring uprisings debunked the prevailing notion that youth were disengaged from political life by their economic exclusion and tight regime control of their mobilization. Indeed, the one consistent feature across the uprisings, whether peaceful or violent, was the key roleplayed by young people. What has remained unclear is why youth became the vanguards of the Arab Spring protests and why they have not played a more prominent role in the transitions that followed. To address these questions, the authors in this volume use updated data sets on demography, employment, education, inequality,social media and public sentiment to examine the underlying socioeconomic conditions of young people in the Middle East at the time of the uprisings and offer a mosaic of analytical explanations linking those conditions from 2009-2011 to the revolts of 2010-2012. The findings in the volume confirm the inadequacy of traditional narrow explanations rooted in demographic profiles, economic grievances or political exclusion in accounting for the complex socioeconomic dynamics facing youth and societies at large in the Middle East in the period leading up to theArab Spring. The contributors emphasize the fundamental institutional rigidities in the region's policy space and evaluate potential approaches to policy reform that can promote youth inclusion and help transform the region's political economies in the post Arab Spring environment of persistenteconomic volatility, social unrest and political instability.

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Dr. Edward A. Sayre is an associate professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Dr. Sayre's research focuses on the economics of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, labor market institutions, and Middle East ...
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Title:Young Generation Awakening: Economics, Society, and Policy on the Eve of the Arab SpringFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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