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About a revolution: the economic motivations of the Arab Spring


  • Andrea Ansani
  • Vittorio Danielle


The paper reviews the economic motivations of the Arab Spring. After examining the possible relationships between the Arab riots and the global economic crisis started in 2007, the analysis focuses on some structural aspects characterizing North Africa and Middle East Countries, such as their demographic structure, the profound social inequalities, and the discrepancy between the education levels, of youth in particular, and the civil and political rights accorded to the populations. The combination of youth demographics, high unemployment rates, and high educational levels, coupled with an unrepresentative political system, increases the likelihood of social unrest.

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  • Andrea Ansani & Vittorio Danielle, 2012. "About a revolution: the economic motivations of the Arab Spring," International Journal of Development and Conflict, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, vol. 2(3), pages 1250013-125.
  • Handle: RePEc:gok:ijdcv1:v:3:y:2012:i:2:p:1250013

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