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Where Did the Revolution Go?: Contentious Politics and the Quality of Democracy (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics)

Where Did the Revolution Go?: Contentious Politics and the Quality of Democracy (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics)

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Donatella della Porta
Cambridge University Press, 11/28/2016
EAN 9781107173712, ISBN10: 110717371X

Hardcover, 430 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
Language: English

Where Did the Revolution Go? considers the apparent disappearance of the large social movements that have contributed to democratization. Revived by recent events of the Arab Spring, this question is once again paramount. Is the disappearance real, given the focus of mass media and scholarship on electoral processes and 'normal politics'? Does it always happen, or only under certain circumstances? Are those who struggled for change destined to be disappointed by the slow pace of transformation? Which mechanisms are activated and deactivated during the rise and fall of democratization? This volume addresses these questions through empirical analysis based on quantitative and qualitative methods (including oral history) of cases in two waves of democratization: Central Eastern European cases in 1989 as well as cases in the Middle East and Mediterranean region in 2011.

Acknowledgements
1. Where did the revolution go? The outcomes of democratization paths
2. Cycles of protest and the consolidation of democracy
3. 'How great that you exist…'
shifting conceptions of democracy
4. 'It was a tsunami'
shifting emotions
5. 'Like a house of cards'
time intensity and mobilization
6. Civil society organizations
decline or growth?
7. A normalization of politics?
8. Socioeconomic rights and transition paths
9. The protest process in the Arab Spring
10. Arab Spring
which democratic qualities in Egypt and Tunisia?
11. Where did the revolution go? Some conclusions
Bibliography
Index.