Swiss Political Science Review

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Edited By: Adrian Vatter and Markus Freitag

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 77/156 (Political Science)

Online ISSN: 1662-6370

Arab Spring Debate


The Swiss Political Science Review is proud to publish an ongoing debate on the Arab Spring. This discussion brings together prominent scholars to discuss the reasons and the consequences for the protests in the Arab world.

Round 1

Round 1 of the debate discusses the reasons why the protests took off. All seven contributions from social movement scholars are listed below, or you can access issue 17.4, where they were originally published, here.

The Arab Spring or How to Explain those Revolutionary Episodes?
Cédric Dupont and Florence Passy

Nonviolent Resistance in the Arab Spring: The Critical Role of Military-Opposition Alliances
Sharon Erickson Nepstad

Why We Were Surprised (Again) by the Arab Spring
Jeff Goodwin

Violence and State Repression
Cathy Lisa Schneider

Seasons of Change: Arab Spring and Political Opportunities
Eitan Y. Alimi and David S. Meyer

Networks and Internet into Perspective
Mario Diani

Arab Spring, Israeli Summer, and the Process of Cognitive Liberation
William A. Gamson

Cross-class Coalitions and the Making of the Arab Revolts of 2011
Jack A. Goldstone

Round 2

The second round of the debate is now available. Round 2's articles focus on the consequences of the Arab Spring and can be found in issue 18.1, the March 2012 issue, here.

One year later, whither the Arab Spring? Domestic and regional challenges
Cédric Dupont & Florence Passy

Path toward Democracy? The Role of Economic Development
Olivier Schlumberger & Thorsten Matzke

Change and Continuity in Elections after the Arab Uprisings
Ellen Lust

Religion-State Relations and Democracy in Egypt and Tunisia: Models from the Democratizing Muslim World – and their Limits
Mirjam Künkler

The Arab Spring and Europaralysis in the Levant and the Gulf
Ruth Hanau Santini

Here’s Looking at You: The Arab Spring and Violence in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank
Ravi Bhavnani & Karsten Donnay

Regional Organizations and the Responsibility to Protect in the Context of the Arab Spring
Stephanie Hofmann & Oliver Jütersonke

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