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Introduction

In: UNDERSTANDING THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE ARAB UPRISINGS

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The popular uprisings witnessed by the Arab world in 2010–2011 have been a revolution of the mind and joyful democratic moments when citizens came together to discover their common yearning for dignity and liberty. The real revolutions, however, have started happening post-uprisings, in the hard work to build new rules, organizations, parties, and institutions that are the tangible substance of democratic progress. Each country has been projected onto its own trajectory of change. Elections are bringing to the fore new political players and new constitutions are being written. New regimes are not yet consolidated, power is still contested everywhere, and experiments with change from within are ongoing in some countries in an attempt to avoid costly social explosions. Yemen, Libya, and Iraq face daunting challenges of reconstruction of their polity, institutions, and infrastructure. Syria is burning with little hope for a quick resolution…

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  • Ishac Diwan, 2014. "Introduction," World Scientific Book Chapters, in: Ishac Diwan (ed.), UNDERSTANDING THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE ARAB UPRISINGS, chapter 1, pages 1-13, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd..
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