University of Copenhagen
After the Arab Spring – Democratic Aspirations and State Failure
University of Copenhagen

After the Arab Spring – Democratic Aspirations and State Failure

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Dr. Ebrahim Afsah

Instructor: Dr. Ebrahim Afsah

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There are 6 modules in this course

In this section, you will become acquainted with some of the mistakes that were made in the decades prior to the outbreak of the recent Arab rebellions. These shortcomings have led to stunted and underperforming political systems, much at variance with developments elsewhere.

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4 videos1 reading4 quizzes4 discussion prompts

At the heart of most of the enduring problems plaguing the Arab world is the availability of essentially free income flowing to the governments of the region. These ‘rents’ have sustained a repressive arrangement in which citizens pay little or no taxes and have no voice.

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4 videos1 reading4 quizzes4 discussion prompts

Social action inevitably produces institutions, namely values, stable, repeated patterns of behaviour. In this section, you will learn what institutions are, how they come about, how their relative effectiveness is measures, how and why they decline, and why all that matters.

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4 videos1 reading4 quizzes4 discussion prompts

This section deals with the material bases of popular discontent, especially the connection between the states’ explicit promises of delivering welfare that have become increasingly unsustainable in the face of exploding population growth and falling revenues.

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4 videos1 reading4 quizzes4 discussion prompts

Structural changes beyond anyone’s control lead to different ways of living and, thus, value changes. With explosive population growth, social institutions have not kept up and norms are contested, often violently. Arab education and research especially have underperformed.

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4 videos1 reading4 quizzes4 discussion prompts

Tying together some of the structural shortcomings that have produced the dysfunction that drove the Arab rebellions, this section casts a somewhat gloomy picture about the formidable tasks ahead if these societies want to redress the causes of discontent and return to stability.

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4 videos1 reading4 quizzes4 discussion prompts

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Dr. Ebrahim Afsah
University of Copenhagen
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