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Political economy and social movement theory perspectives on the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings of 2011

Beinin, Joel (2016) Political economy and social movement theory perspectives on the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings of 2011. LSE Middle East Centre paper series, 14. LSE Middle East Centre, London, UK.

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Abstract

Workers’ movements contributed substantially to the 2011 popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Bahrain. Comparing the role of workers before, during and after the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt demonstrates that the relatively successful installation of a procedural democracy in Tunisia owes a great deal to the movements of workers and the unemployed in the uprisings and to their organisational structure and political horizon. Tunisian workers could compel the Tunisian General Federation of Labor (UGTT), despite the wishes of its pro-Ben Ali national leadership, to join them and the rest of the Tunisian people in a struggle against autocracy. Egyptian workers, on the other hand, were not able to force the Egyptian Trade Union Federation(ETUF) to support the uprising and had no national organisations and only weak links to intellectuals.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/middleEastCentre/home.aspx
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Collections > Middle East Centre Paper Series
Identification Number: 14
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2016 15:58
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/65291/

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