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After Repression: How Polarization Derails Democratic Transition

Elizabeth R. Nugent


In the wake of the Arab Spring, newly empowered factions in Tunisia and Egypt vowed to work together to establish democracy. In Tunisia, political elites passed a new constitution, held parliamentary elections, and demonstrated the strength of their democracy with a peaceful transfer of power. Yet in Egypt, unity crumbled due to polarization among elites. Presenting a new theory of polarization under authoritarianism, the book reveals how polarization and the legacies of repression led to these substantially divergent political outcomes. The book documents polarization among the opposition in ... More

Keywords: repression, democratic transition, democracy, Tunisia, Egypt, polarization, authoritarianism, Arab Spring, opposition groups, democratic consolidation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691203058
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691203058.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth R. Nugent, author
Yale University