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Beyond the Arab SpringThe Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East$
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Mehran Kamrava

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199384419

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384419.001.0001

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The Rise and Fall of Ruling Bargainsin the Middle East

The Rise and Fall of Ruling Bargainsin the Middle East

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(p.17) 1 The Rise and Fall of Ruling Bargainsin the Middle East
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Beyond the Arab Spring
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Mehran Kamrava
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384419.003.0002

By the 1990s and the 2000s, little of the original ruling bargain remained. All that needed to be done for the one-legged bargain to collapse—in fact for the whole basis of rule to crumble—was for the grip of mass fear to be broken. And, when that happened, the Arab Spring followed. The chapter then provides a summary of the series of uprisings that came to be known as the Arab Spring, and how and why the Tunisian Revolution and Egyptian Revolution unfolded in the form of mass-based uprisings while the Libyan and Syrian rebellions took the form of civil wars. The chapter ends with a discussion of what the central elements of emerging sources of legitimacy—the evolving ruling bargain—are likely to be.

Keywords:   ruling bargain, Tunisian Revolution, Egyptian Revolution, Arab Spring, civil war, legitimacy

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