The arab spring and its subsequent impact on a global scale that sparked widespread protests against governments and policies, is a watershed in the evolution of socio-political movements george orwell in his “ animal farm ” through allusions had prophesised this very predicament across nations where the poor, overworked and repressed. This article explores the economic underpinnings of the arab spring we locate the roots of the regiosn's long-term economic failure in a statist model of development that is financed through external windfalls and rests on inefficient forms of intervention and redistribution. Standard development indicators failed to capture or predict the outburst of popular anger during the so-called arab spring of 2011 the world bank's elena ianchovichina and shantayanan devarajan will discuss the findings of their recent report inequality, uprisings, and conflict in the arab world , and reflect on the economic origins of the arab revolts.
The economics of the arab spring economic grievances are galvanizing the arab street to attempt to redraw the political landscape by richard javad heydarian, april 21, 2011.
The arab spring has brought into sharper focus the profound implications of the region's youth bulge long before the current uprisings, one of the arab world's leading economic minds, tarek youssef, edited a book with a prophetic title: the generation in waiting. The arab spring has brought into sharper focus the profound implications of the region's youth bulge long before the current uprisings, one of the arab world's leading economic minds, tarek yousef, co-edited a book with a prophetic title: the generation in waiting (brookings institution press, 2009. Table 1: economic effects of the arab spring, 2010-13 source: imf institute of international finance author estimates.
Conditions his actions, based on economic unhappiness, ignited the spread of the arab spring across the middle east and north africa (garner 2013) figure 1: middle east and north africa total population by age group1 the fact that muhammad bouazizi was a young man of just 26 is a central component of the arab spring. Exploiting new economic opportunities therefore becomes a game of insiders with few exceptions, major business fortunes in the region are accumulated through privilege and patronage there are familiar echoes of this in the arab spring - be it the trabelsi family of tunisia, ahmed ezz of egypt or rami makhlouf of syria. Through centralized economic control and restrictive economic barriers, arab governments have erected a system of economic apartheid that systematically excludes people and firms at the margins although, by global comparisons, the middle east has modest levels of measured inequality its central challenge is the inequality of access.
The question, therefore, is: can the arab spring, fed by latent demographic pressures, break this political deadlock in our opinion, strengthening regional economic linkages across the arab world constitutes the single most important collective action problem facing the region since the fall of ottoman empire. 1 abstract the arab spring: the economic conditions that bred a political uprising (may 2015) kimberly johnson department of international studies.
Is the arab spring a 1989 moment the collapse of communism remade eastern europe both politically and economically, as vibrant market economies emerged from the rubble of central planning optimists argue that democratic transitions in the middle east and north africa could transform the region's lousy economies (see chart. The economics of the arab spring economic grievances are galvanizing the arab street to attempt to redraw the political landscape by richard javad heydarian , april 21, 2011. Additional remarks that the arab spring had not been a boon for the economies of the region were also seemingly unsurprising not, however, in cairo in the egyptian capital his comments provoked a furore, with outrage pouring in online and in calls to television chat shows.
And, the arab world's economic fragmentation into isolated geographic units further undermines the prospects for private sector development we explain this economic fragmentation as a manifestation of dentralized and segmented administrative structures. A singular failure of the arab world is the absence of a private sector that is independent, competitive, and integrated with global markets this paper argues that private sector development is both a political and regional challenge.