The Arab Spring and its Surprises

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The occurrence, speed and spread of the 'Arab revolutions' took almost everyone by surprise, including the protagonists. But the real surprise lies, this essay suggests, not in how or why these revolutions came to fruition; it rather lies in revolutions' particular attributes - their ideological orientations and political trajectories. The essay discusses the revolutions' key (unexpected) characteristics, arguing that the Arab uprisings occurred in new ideological times.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)587-601
Number of pages15
JournalDevelopment and Change
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development


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