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Beyond the Arab SpringThe Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East$
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Mehran Kamrava

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199384419

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384419.001.0001

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Beyond the Civil War in Libya

Beyond the Civil War in Libya

Toward a New Ruling Bargain

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Beyond the Arab Spring

Dirk Vandewalle

Oxford University Press

Of all the Arab Spring's popular uprisings, Libya's rebellion against the regime of Mu'ammar al-Qaddafi stands as one of the most idiosyncratic and unexpected. This chapter focuses on how Libya's new leaders will be able to reshape or in part create ex nihilo a new ruling bargain when faced with some of the structural legacies of the past. This reconstruction process has already started in earnest. The recent national elections were the first tangible sign of a consultation process that hints seductively at a new understanding of how the state and the country's citizens will interact. As a result of its history, its emergence as an oil economy, and the idiosyncratic vision of Qaddafi, Libya emerged as a country where neither state institutions nor the country's ruling bargain between the state and its citizens were clearly articulated.

Keywords:   Arab Spring, Libya, Qaddafi, ruling bargain

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