The Limits of Revolution and Democratization

Authored by: Youcef Bouandel

Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415523912
eBook ISBN: 9781315763026
Adobe ISBN: 9781317650041


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The desperate action of Mohammed Bouazizi, a young Tunisian man, signalled the beginning of the ‘Arab Spring’ as demonstrations against the authoritarian regime of Bin Ali began. The wall of fear seemed to have crumbled as demonstrations soon spread throughout several countries in the region. Out of the 22 member countries of the Arab League, only a few have not seen any demonstrations against the regime. Initially, these demonstrations called for more dignity and an end to corruption; but as time went by, they became more sophisticated, calling for the opening up of the political space and the instauration of a democratic and more accountable form of government. At the time of writing, the Arab Spring has claimed the jobs of four heads of state, who between them had been in power for almost 130 years. 1

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