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Democratic Transition and The Arab Spring: A comparative study on gendered agency and women's empowerment

Hellberg, Sebastian LU (2015) FKVK02 20151
Department of Political Science
Abstract
After the Arab spring, states in the MENA-region that were enrolled in the popular uprisings are now entering different settings. Some have been more successful, and reaching all the way to democratic consolidation. Others like Egypt are currently experiencing severe backlashes. In this post revolution context, time is starting to run out for an escape out of the transitional maze. Tunisia is not the only country that have managed to stabilize their post revolution setting, but also the only country that can be said to have been promoting gendered agency and creating spaces for women’s empowerment during its transition. This study seeks explanation to the question if gender prospects in transitional justice initiatives are crucial in order... (More)
After the Arab spring, states in the MENA-region that were enrolled in the popular uprisings are now entering different settings. Some have been more successful, and reaching all the way to democratic consolidation. Others like Egypt are currently experiencing severe backlashes. In this post revolution context, time is starting to run out for an escape out of the transitional maze. Tunisia is not the only country that have managed to stabilize their post revolution setting, but also the only country that can be said to have been promoting gendered agency and creating spaces for women’s empowerment during its transition. This study seeks explanation to the question if gender prospects in transitional justice initiatives are crucial in order to be successful in today’s democratizations. The goal is to unveil power relations through an intersectional view on gendered structures. Reaching over and beyond earlier approaches, this paper discovers how women’s agency can help democratic consolidation. It does so by comparing two recent cases of transitions. The conclusion is reached that Tunisia has created space for gender justice to get intertwined with its democratic transition process, while Egypt rather falls back on authoritarian principles than letting female emancipation through its patriarchal doors. (Less)
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Hellberg, Sebastian LU
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FKVK02 20151
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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the Arab spring, democratic transition, transitional justice, gender, agency, women’s empowerment, Tunisia, Egypt
language
English
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5435481
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2015-07-14 12:27:31
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  abstract     = {After the Arab spring, states in the MENA-region that were enrolled in the popular uprisings are now entering different settings. Some have been more successful, and reaching all the way to democratic consolidation. Others like Egypt are currently experiencing severe backlashes. In this post revolution context, time is starting to run out for an escape out of the transitional maze. Tunisia is not the only country that have managed to stabilize their post revolution setting, but also the only country that can be said to have been promoting gendered agency and creating spaces for women’s empowerment during its transition. This study seeks explanation to the question if gender prospects in transitional justice initiatives are crucial in order to be successful in today’s democratizations. The goal is to unveil power relations through an intersectional view on gendered structures. Reaching over and beyond earlier approaches, this paper discovers how women’s agency can help democratic consolidation. It does so by comparing two recent cases of transitions. The conclusion is reached that Tunisia has created space for gender justice to get intertwined with its democratic transition process, while Egypt rather falls back on authoritarian principles than letting female emancipation through its patriarchal doors.},
  author       = {Hellberg, Sebastian},
  keyword      = {the Arab spring,democratic transition,transitional justice,gender,agency,women’s empowerment,Tunisia,Egypt},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Democratic Transition and The Arab Spring: A comparative study on gendered agency and women's empowerment},
  year         = {2015},
}