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By Teresita Cruz-del Rosario, James M. Dorsey

This publication investigates the subject of worldwide transitions with a cross-regional comparative examine of 2 components experiencing switch during the last 3 a long time: Southeast Asia and the center East and North Africa (MENA). Political transitions in Asia were the topic of curiosity in educational and policy-making groups lately as there are encouraging indicators of democratization in international locations that convey components of authoritarianism. In these nations with rather open political platforms, transitions to democracy were entire – albeit messy, incorrect, and hugely contested. by contrast, nations of the MENA sector which have been gripped by way of revolts lately locate themselves in the course of chaotic and uncontrollable transitions. Why are there such transformations among those areas? What, if something, should be realized and utilized from the transitions in Southeast Asia? those questions are responded right here as Asia’s event is contrasted with the Arab revolts and the fight of the various international locations within the MENA area to type a brand new social agreement among states and electorate.

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They employ protest in an effort to galvanize citizens’ actions toward more responsive and accountable governments. In this respect, the rise of civil society in Southeast Asia should be regarded as the burgeoning of authentic citizenship—a decidedly long, but productive process toward social transformation. Well before the Arab Spring, a number of Southeast Asian countries experienced their own political upheavals. In all of them, grievances were channeled via organized efforts of civil society.

Contrasting economic policies between the two regions may provide a clue to enduring conflicts among and between ethnic groups, as well as provide possible directions toward resolving seemingly intractable conflicts. The concluding chapter synthesizes the major arguments of this research, emphasizing broad generalizations along distinct themes and identifying commonalities as well as contrasts in the political transitions of both regions. It reiterates the value of cross-regional research and its contribution to the broad area of political transitions.

Both goals, Bayat argues, are interrelated. 38 A further complicating factor in theorizing about civil society in the MENA region is Islam and its presumed requirement that citizens remain passive. Along with enduring ties of tribal kinship and the family/clan as the predominant features of social organization in the region, Islam stands NASCENT AND LATENT: DIFFERENTIAL ROLES OF CIVIL SOCIETY... 35 out as one of the key variables in the explanation for elusive democracy in the Middle East. Cavatorta challenges this conventional wisdom.

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