By Teresita Cruz-del Rosario, James M. Dorsey
This e-book investigates the subject matter of world transitions with a cross-regional comparative research of 2 parts experiencing swap over the last 3 many years: 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 international locations with quite open political platforms, transitions to democracy were whole – albeit messy, incorrect, and hugely contested. against this, nations of the MENA area which have been gripped by way of revolts lately locate themselves in the middle of chaotic and uncontrollable transitions. Why are there such changes among those areas? What, if something, could be realized and utilized from the transitions in Southeast Asia? those questions are spoke back the following as Asia’s adventure is contrasted with the Arab revolts and the fight of the several international locations within the MENA zone to type a brand new social agreement among states and voters.
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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. In countries that have narrower opportunities for public redress, citizen-activists have cleverly maneuvered within tightly controlled spaces mainly through electoral contests or through benign social causes that do not directly challenge entrenched authority. Some have succeeded to get their messages across, created dents, raised questions, and expanded spaces for public discourse.
In countries that have narrower opportunities for public redress, citizen-activists have cleverly maneuvered within tightly controlled spaces mainly through electoral contests or through benign social causes that do not directly challenge entrenched authority. Some have succeeded to get their messages across, created dents, raised questions, and expanded spaces for public discourse. For those countries who have succeeded, they redirected the course of political life, and a qualitative shift has occurred.
In the years following the revolution, cities grew dramatically, and formerly illegal squatters, without prompting or coordination from a central authority, created new communities in which they lived and functioned. In Cairo, there are over 7 million people who have created over 100 “spontaneous communities,” forcing the authorities to extend amenities and blink their eyes in the face of encroaching urban mini-enterprises conducted on the city sidewalks. ”35 Another illustration concerns Iranian women who, without coordination or subscription to feminist ideology, defy strict norms of covering their hair by wearing “bad hijab,” leaving a few centimeters of their hair exposed while still complying with the government’s regulation of bodily 34 T.