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Democratisation in the Maghreb$
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J.N.C. Hill

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474408974

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408974.001.0001

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Democratisation in the Maghreb

J.N.C. Hill

Edinburgh University Press

The Maghreb’s political development continues to confound expectations. Few specialists anticipated the start of the Arab Spring. Fewer still thought it would begin in Tunisia, long regarded as one of the region’s most stable and prosperous countries.1 Then, when the demonstrations did break out, most assumed Ben Ali would easily deal with them. Not only had he overcome similar challenges in the past, but he had the support of a large, well-funded and experienced security apparatus. Their shock at his downfall less than a month later was compounded by the simultaneous outbreak of copycat protests elsewhere and Libya’s descent into civil war. Many now issued millennial predictions about what would happen next. Unrest would sweep the region. None of its leaders would be spared. Algeria was especially vulnerable....

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