[URPE] Call for Papers, Special Issue of the Review of Radical Political Economics on the political economy of the Arab Spring - Deadline 10/31/2012
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*Call for Papers for a special issue of the /Review of Radical Political
Economics/ on the political economy of the Arab Spring*
In December of 2010, an unemployed street vendor, Mohammed Bouaziz, in a
small town in Tunisia set his body ablaze in protest of abuse and
harassment by municipal officers, which sparked the so-called Arab
Spring of revolutions in 2011. Since then the revolutions have spread
from Tunisia to Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, and Jordan and
continue to inspire and mobilize movements and peoples both inside and
outside the region. However, while the current revolutions sweeping
through the Middle East and North Africa have generally been portrayed
as revolts against authoritarianism, there has been limited research on
the economic roots of these revolts. In particular, given that media
coverage and academic studies have underplayed the role of economic
policies in setting the stage for the uprisings, it is time to
re-introduce political economy to analyze the causes and effects of
these revolutions, both regionally and globally.
We invite submissions that address/political economy/ aspects of the
Arab Spring such as:
What caused the revolutions? In particular, what roles were played by
neoliberal economic reforms? The demise of welfare states and central
planning? The decline of particular social structures of accumulation?
Youth unemployment? The labor movement, the women's movement, and
Islamic movements? The Israeli-Palestinian conflict in general, or the
example, in particular, of past Intifadas?
In turn, what were the causes of each of these? For example, what caused
the decline of the welfare state and central planning? To what extent
were neoliberal reforms part of a general drive toward "modernization"
motivated by an Orientalist view of Arab countries as intrinsically
What were the political economy dynamics between the autocrats, the
business elites, the secular middle class, and the working class in the
Why did revolutions happen in some countries and not others? In
countries where protests did not lead to regime change, or only limited
protests took place, why was this so? For example, what role did the
Gulf Cooperation Council play in insulating countries from the spread of
What have been the effects of the revolutions? For example, have they
imposed new roles of the game upon the World Bank, the IMF, and the EU
in their interactions with the countries of the region?
How have economic policies changed since the revolutions, and what
policies should be followed now?
Submissions are due by October 31, 2012, and must follow the
Instructions to Contributors available in each issue of the /RRPE/, on
the /RRPE/ section of the URPE website, or at
or from the Managing Editor. All submissions are subject to the usual
review procedures and they should not be under review with any other
publication. Send an electronic version in Word (.doc) to Hazel Dayton
Gunn, Managing Editor, /Review of Radical Political Economics/,
hg18 at cornell.edu.
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