After the Arab Uprisings: Popular Expectations and the EU's Response
Arab Transformations Working Paper 3
8 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2017
Date Written: Julu 20, 2016
The Arab Uprisings moved the EU to learn lessons from past mistakes and re-define its approach to development, democracy, and security. Reality, however, has fallen short of this aim. Analysis of the revised Neighbourhood Policy suggests it changed little, falling back on pre-Uprisings conceptions and discarding approaches which were more inclusive, organic, and better suited to long-term EU interests. Conversely, ArabTrans survey data shows MENA populations display precisely the more substantive and holistic approaches to democracy which EU policy discarded. It also shows supporters of the Uprisings were driven by dissatisfaction with the provision of satisfactory socioeconomic conditions and tackling corruption, and that their expectations of improvements remain largely frustrated. This mis-match between policy and popular expectations leaves existing difficulties unaddressed.
Keywords: Arab Uprisings, European Union, Democracy, Human Rights, Social and Economic Rights, OPolitical Rights
JEL Classification: N45, N47
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