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Contextualizing the Arab revolts: the politics behind three decades of neoliberalism in the Arab World

(2013) MIDDLE EAST CRITIQUE. 22(3). p.213-234
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This article argues that attempts to understand the significance and implication of the Arab uprisings must not lose sight of the fact that the current pressures for change are rooted in the fundamental political transformations that took place during the previous three decades. These transformations were intimately related to neoliberal economic reforms. The article examines the impact of neoliberal reforms in two parts. First, it discusses the politics behind three decades of neoliberalism in the region. Second, it elaborates on the urban setting as a locale where we can theorize some of the agency at work in the complex process of neoliberal globalization. As such, we should understand Arab politics–and resistance–as a complexity that goes beyond the mere interaction between ‘the regime’ and ‘the Arab people’ and relate these politics to shifting power balances in contemporary globalization.
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Arab Spring, Arab uprisings, globalization, World Bank, Washington consensus, neoliberalism, Morocco, MENA region, Egypt, Marxism

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Bogaert, Koenraad. 2013. “Contextualizing the Arab Revolts: The Politics Behind Three Decades of Neoliberalism in the Arab World.” Middle East Critique 22 (3): 213–234.
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Bogaert, Koenraad. (2013). Contextualizing the Arab revolts: the politics behind three decades of neoliberalism in the Arab World. MIDDLE EAST CRITIQUE, 22(3), 213–234.
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Bogaert K. Contextualizing the Arab revolts: the politics behind three decades of neoliberalism in the Arab World. MIDDLE EAST CRITIQUE. 2013;22(3):213–34.
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Bogaert, Koenraad. “Contextualizing the Arab Revolts: The Politics Behind Three Decades of Neoliberalism in the Arab World.” MIDDLE EAST CRITIQUE 22.3 (2013): 213–234. Print.
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  abstract     = {This article argues that attempts to understand the significance and implication of the Arab uprisings must not lose sight of the fact that the current pressures for change are rooted in the fundamental political transformations that took place during the previous three decades. These transformations were intimately related to neoliberal economic reforms. The article examines the impact of neoliberal reforms in two parts. First, it discusses the politics behind three decades of neoliberalism in the region. Second, it elaborates on the urban setting as a locale where we can theorize some of the agency at work in the complex process of neoliberal globalization. As such, we should understand Arab politics–and resistance–as a complexity that goes beyond the mere interaction between ‘the regime’ and ‘the Arab people’ and relate these politics to shifting power balances in contemporary globalization.},
  author       = {Bogaert, Koenraad},
  issn         = {1943-6149},
  journal      = {MIDDLE EAST CRITIQUE},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {213--234},
  title        = {Contextualizing the Arab revolts: the politics behind three decades of neoliberalism in the Arab World},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2013},
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