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The Arab Spring and its different outcomes: Explaining the variation in the state of democratisation

Carbonnier, Joakim LU (2013) SIMV07 20131
Department of Political Science
Master of Science in Global Studies
Graduate School
Abstract
The theme of this study is the Arab Spring and democratisation. The Arab Spring affected every country in the region very differently. This study aims to explain the variation of the state of democratisation in the different countries, as well as identify the factor(s) behind this variation. Six countries are selected for the analysis; half of them experienced major changes, the other half just minor political changes. These are tested against the modernisation theory, while controlling for Huntington's theory about waves of democratisation. The chosen method is a comparative politics method, together with quantitative analysis. The result shows that, contrary to the modernisation theory and the hypothesis, economic and socioeconomic... (More)
The theme of this study is the Arab Spring and democratisation. The Arab Spring affected every country in the region very differently. This study aims to explain the variation of the state of democratisation in the different countries, as well as identify the factor(s) behind this variation. Six countries are selected for the analysis; half of them experienced major changes, the other half just minor political changes. These are tested against the modernisation theory, while controlling for Huntington's theory about waves of democratisation. The chosen method is a comparative politics method, together with quantitative analysis. The result shows that, contrary to the modernisation theory and the hypothesis, economic and socioeconomic development does not explain the variation in the state of democratisation. Countries with minor political changes are, to some extent, also more developed. The result further suggests that other factors such as economic failure and monarchy’s resilience could possibly explain the variation in the state of democratisation. (Less)
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author
Carbonnier, Joakim LU
supervisor
organization
course
SIMV07 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Arab Spring, Democratisation, Modernisation theory, Huntington, Quantitative, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Monarchy, Economic Growth, Economic Failure, Arab World, MENA, Democracy, North Africa
language
English
id
4001341
date added to LUP
2013-09-03 08:16:44
date last changed
2014-06-10 13:18:34
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  abstract     = {The theme of this study is the Arab Spring and democratisation. The Arab Spring affected every country in the region very differently. This study aims to explain the variation of the state of democratisation in the different countries, as well as identify the factor(s) behind this variation. Six countries are selected for the analysis; half of them experienced major changes, the other half just minor political changes. These are tested against the modernisation theory, while controlling for Huntington's theory about waves of democratisation. The chosen method is a comparative politics method, together with quantitative analysis. The result shows that, contrary to the modernisation theory and the hypothesis, economic and socioeconomic development does not explain the variation in the state of democratisation. Countries with minor political changes are, to some extent, also more developed. The result further suggests that other factors such as economic failure and monarchy’s resilience could possibly explain the variation in the state of democratisation.},
  author       = {Carbonnier, Joakim},
  keyword      = {Arab Spring,Democratisation,Modernisation theory,Huntington,Quantitative,Jordan,Lebanon,Morocco,Egypt,Tunisia,Yemen,Monarchy,Economic Growth,Economic Failure,Arab World,MENA,Democracy,North Africa},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Arab Spring and its different outcomes: Explaining the variation in the state of democratisation},
  year         = {2013},
}