The political economics of the Arab Spring

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract There were large differences in the responses of Arab dictators to the Arab Spring protests. To understand these differences, I present a stylized model of how a dictator responds to mass protests for democratization in a polarized country with two ethnic or religious groups. In this model, the dictator's response crucially depends on oil revenues and his affiliation to either the majority or the minority group. I document that the model's predictions are consistent with the observed differences in the Arab dictators' responses. Hence, ethnic politics and religious divides may play an important role in political transitions and regime changes.
Authors Hodler, Roland
Journal or Publication Title Economic Inquiry
Language English
Subjects economics
political science
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 18 January 2018
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of Publication Hoboken, NJ
Volume 56
Number 2
Page Range 821-836
ISSN 0095-2583
ISSN-Digital 1465-7295
Publisher DOI
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Roland Hodler
Date Deposited 09 Oct 2018 04:49
Last Modified 03 Feb 2023 01:25


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Hodler, Roland (2018) The political economics of the Arab Spring. Economic Inquiry, 56 (2). 821-836. ISSN 0095-2583

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