After the Arab Uprisings: Popular Expectations and the EU's Response

Arab Transformations Working Paper 3

8 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2017

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Andrea Teti

University of Aberdeen

Pamela Abbott

School of Education, University of Aberdeen

Date Written: Julu 20, 2016

Abstract

The Arab Uprisings moved the EU to learn lessons from past mistakes and re-define its approach to development, democracy, and security. Reality, however, has fallen short of this aim. Analysis of the revised Neighbourhood Policy suggests it changed little, falling back on pre-Uprisings conceptions and discarding approaches which were more inclusive, organic, and better suited to long-term EU interests. Conversely, ArabTrans survey data shows MENA populations display precisely the more substantive and holistic approaches to democracy which EU policy discarded. It also shows supporters of the Uprisings were driven by dissatisfaction with the provision of satisfactory socioeconomic conditions and tackling corruption, and that their expectations of improvements remain largely frustrated. This mis-match between policy and popular expectations leaves existing difficulties unaddressed.

Keywords: Arab Uprisings, European Union, Democracy, Human Rights, Social and Economic Rights, OPolitical Rights

JEL Classification: N45, N47

Suggested Citation

Teti, Andrea and Abbott, Pamela, After the Arab Uprisings: Popular Expectations and the EU's Response (Julu 20, 2016). Arab Transformations Working Paper 3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2902936 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2902936

Andrea Teti (Contact Author)

University of Aberdeen ( email )

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United Kingdom

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Pamela Abbott

School of Education, University of Aberdeen ( email )

Aberdeen, Scotland
United Kingdom

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