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Structure of Mobilization and Democratization: Youth Activism in Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan as Case Studies

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dc.contributor.advisor Clark, Janine Yaghi, Mohammad 2015-05-19T15:34:30Z 2016-04-16T05:00:17Z 2015-04 2015-04-16 2015-05-19
dc.description.abstract This dissertation argues for a correlation between the dynamics of the protests at their climax and the processes of democratization in case these protests succeed. Using youth activism in Tunisia and Egypt where the protests succeeded, and in Jordan where they failed as a contrasting case study, this research shows that youth activism leads to democratization if three conditions are met at the protests’ apex: domination of autonomous youth movements, an inclusive master frame (MF), and a decentralized leadership. In doing so, the research provides an atypical narrative about the role of activists during the protests in Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan. The primary sources that informed this research are not only based on the activists themselves, but also on the analysis of the protests videos, slogans, and documents of the youth movements. Furthermore, the research contributes to the literature on social movements in four domains. First, it reveals that the state’s use of repression and the way it uses it is a necessary condition, but is insufficient to turn a reform protest cycle into a revolution; the other necessary condition is that an autonomous opposition also must be dominant when the state uses repression. Secondly, it shows that a movement’s resources are linked more closely to its framing strategy and to its choices of the locations of the protests. Thirdly, it develops tools to measure the inclusivity and exclusivity of MFs. Finally, it provides analytical tools to study the dynamics of protests in the absence of a unified leadership. The research also arrived at three main conclusions. First, the social demands in Tunisia and Egypt were at the core of protests and poor people carried the burden of the protests. Second, activists in Tunisia and Egypt maintained unity because they did not expand on the goals of the protests. Finally, the protests in Jordan failed in part because the activists did not seek to mobilize poor Jordanians. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Arab Spring en_US
dc.subject Uprising en_US
dc.subject Revolution en_US
dc.subject Middle East en_US
dc.subject Social Movements en_US
dc.title Structure of Mobilization and Democratization: Youth Activism in Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan as Case Studies en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Political Science en_US Doctor of Philosophy en_US Department of Political Science en_US

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