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Law and RevolutionLegitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring$
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Nimer Sultany

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198768890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198768890.001.0001

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Revolution

Revolution

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Law and Revolution
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Nimer Sultany

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198768890.003.0005

This chapter argues that revolution is not separate from the very discourse and arrangements it responds to. Rather, it is subsumed in a legitimation discourse, and it is engulfed by similar tensions. Although revolution may erupt because of a perceived legitimacy deficit, it does not solve the conceptual deficiency of legitimacy. This is because revolution vacillates between an event that inaugurated it and a process that seeks to complete it. This duality makes revolution a contradictory concept that includes its own negation because different protagonists deploy it in contradictory ways. The very qualities that enable the designation of the Arab Spring as a revolution enable the counter-revolution. In other words, revolution does not provide a stable, unambiguous framework within which the new political order can be established. Consequently, the revolution’s attempt to delegitimate the status quo and legitimate the new order re-enacts the incoherence and instability of other legitimation devices.

Keywords:   Arab Spring, political revolution, social revolution, civil disobedience, rebellion, coup, reform, counter-revolution, French Revolution

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