What the Experts Got Right (and Wrong) on the Arab Spring

What social scientists hit (and missed) on the Arab Spring from Lisa Anderson, president of the American University of Cairo:

From the perspective of state formation and regime change, four postulates of conventional wisdom seem to have been confirmed in these events—and four features of this political change were, in some part, unexpected.

via Arab Spring Awakening – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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  1. clarkanne12 says:

    I really enjoy studying societies of different nations. I really thought it was interesting when she explained how “societies without states do organize themselves.” But instead of basing it off some new political idea they go off an “old political science of modernization…”ascription.” Ascription means they align themselves according to birth, family, religion. These are very personal affiliations and really define how the countries create a new government. This is something that the social scientists missed, but should have realized. I mean, the whole reason cliques start up in high school is based on common interests an backgrounds. So when you apply this idea to countries, it’s obvious that the new governments will realign according to their common interests. At least, it’s a theory that I think is interesting.

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