In working paper no. 24 Socioeconomic contention and post-revolutionary political change in Egypt and Tunisia: A research agenda, Irene Weipert-Fenner and Jonas Wolff outline a research agenda that aims at studying the dynamics and consequences of socioeconomic contention during the current processes of political transformation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. They propose a comparative perspective that includes an interregional comparison with South America.
In doing so, the authors review the state of research on socioeconomic protests in the MENA region, sketch an overall analytical framework and critically discuss the contentious politics approach on which this framework draws on. Finally, the paper presents a multilateral research project that has precisely set out to analyze to what extent and how socioeconomic contention shapes the ongoing process of political transformation in post-revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia.
This PRIF Working Paper can be downloaded here.