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Learn why the hope and excitement of the Arab Spring is gone, why so many Arab states are falling apart, why the youth are so frustrated, why there are so many refugees, and what can be done about it. The so-called Arab Spring appeared to end decades of exceptionalism and bring the Arab world back into the mainstream of global developments. The rebellions promised the return of politics and the reassertion of popular sovereignty against their corrupt and geriatric leaders. Much hope and flowery language greeted the young men and women who deposed their leaders and tried to build new, better societies. Today, the Arab world is in deep crisis. Of the 22 member states of the Arab League, at least five have essentially collapsed: Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Syria exist only in name today, as their territories have fallen to competing, murderous armed groups. In the remaining countries, the old autocracies have reasserted themselves. The repression at home is now worsened by regional conflict on an unprecedented scale, and the resulting frustration has led to the biggest refugee flows in recent memory. What went wrong? This course offers an overview of the structural shortcomings of Arab states and societies, which help us understand why the democratic awakening did not happen but instead “has given way to civil wars, ethnic, sectarian and regional divisions and the reassertion of absolutism.” This raises the obvious and renewed question whether there is something inherent in the Arab, and by analogy Muslim, condition that makes them special. Does this condition make this part of the world impervious to generally observable trends towards greater accountability, popular participation in political decision-making, greater generation and fairer division of economic wealth? Join this course to find out!...
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Instability and Institutional Failure

In this section, you will become acquainted with some of the mistakes that were made in the decades prior to the outbreak of the recent Arab rebellions. These shortcomings have led to stunted and underperforming political systems, much at variance with developments elsewhere....
Reading
4 个视频(共 38 分钟), 1 个阅读材料, 4 个测验
Video4 个视频
1b. The Arab Exception: Critical Reason and Responsibility8分钟
1c. Relativism and Reality: The Price of Inadaption12分钟
1d. Physical Elections and Necessary Comparisons7分钟
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Quiz4 个练习
Broken Societies and an Aborted Awakening16分钟
The Arab Exception: Critical Reason and Responsibility16分钟
Relativism and Reality: The Price of Inadaption16分钟
Physical Elections and Necessary Comparisons16分钟
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完成时间为 3 小时

Governance

At the heart of most of the enduring problems plaguing the Arab world is the availability of essentially free income flowing to the governments of the region. These ‘rents’ have sustained a repressive arrangement in which citizens pay little or no taxes and have no voice....
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4 个视频(共 44 分钟), 1 个阅读材料, 4 个测验
Video4 个视频
2b. The Authoritarian Social Contract and the Absence of Politics12分钟
2c. Now is the Winter of Our Discontent9分钟
2d. The Absence of Politics: Fear, Stability, Institutional Decay, and Polarising Elections11分钟
Reading1 个阅读材料
Readings for module 2分钟
Quiz4 个练习
Missing the Boat to the 'Third Wave' of Democratisation16分钟
The Authoritarian Social Contract and the Absence of Politics16分钟
Now is the Winter of Our Discontent16分钟
The Absence of Politics: Fear, Stability, Institutional Decay, and Polarising Elections16分钟
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Institutions

Social action inevitably produces institutions, namely values, stable, repeated patterns of behaviour. In this section, you will learn what institutions are, how they come about, how their relative effectiveness is measures, how and why they decline, and why all that matters. ...
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4 个视频(共 43 分钟), 1 个阅读材料, 4 个测验
Video4 个视频
3b. The Miracle of Politics: Accountability and Effectiveness9分钟
3c. Contestation of Models: Is 'Good Governance' a Western or an Islamic Idea?10分钟
3d. Contingency, Trajectories and Performance Standards12分钟
Reading1 个阅读材料
Readings for module 310分钟
Quiz4 个练习
The Necessity of Politics: Power and Authority16分钟
The Miracle of Politics: Accountability and Effectiveness16分钟
Contestation of Models: Is 'Good Governance' a Western or an Islamic Idea?16分钟
Contingency, Trajectories and Performance Standards16分钟
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完成时间为 3 小时

Economics: Bread, Dignity and Freedom

This section deals with the material bases of popular discontent, especially the connection between the states’ explicit promises of delivering welfare that have become increasingly unsustainable in the face of exploding population growth and falling revenues....
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4 个视频(共 44 分钟), 1 个阅读材料, 4 个测验
Video4 个视频
4b. Labour Market: Insiders and Outsiders8分钟
4c. Law, Institutions and Economic Performance10分钟
4d. Trade, Productivity and Rent Seeking: Living on Borrowed Time14分钟
Reading1 个阅读材料
Readings for module 4分钟
Quiz4 个练习
Material Base of Discontent16分钟
Labor Market: Insiders and Outsiders16分钟
Law, Institutions and Economic Performance12分钟
Trade, Productivity and Rent Seeking: Living on Borrowed Time16分钟
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创建者 LKOct 13th 2018

An eye opening experience. I really hope this becomes a mandated course among anyone participating in any diplomatic initiatives in the Middle East and the Arabic world.

创建者 BESep 4th 2017

That is the second class I am taking with Professor Afsah and would love to take more. The class is interesting, engaging and relevant. Highly recommended!

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Dr. Ebrahim Afsah

Associate Professor
Faculty of Law

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