1st Edition

Political and Constitutional Transitions in North Africa Actors and Factors

Edited By Justin Frosini, Francesco Biagi Copyright 2015
    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    The transformations which are taking place in the Arab world are dynamic processes characterised by a number of variables that one can refer to as actors and factors.

    The implications of the Arab uprisings are important for the world at large; the Arab world’s successes, and failures, at this crucial moment may well serve as a model for other nations. Political and Constitutional Transitions in North Africa focuses on five Northern African countries- Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Libya and Algeria- examining specific institutions and actors participating in the political upheavals in North Africa since 2011, and placing them in a comparative perspective in order to better understand the processes at work. This book addresses issues pertinent to North African and Middle Eastern Studies, comparative constitutional law, political science and transitional studies and it contains contributions by experts in all these fields.

    Providing a significant contribution to the understanding of events that followed the immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia, this book is a valuable contribution to North African Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Comparative Constitutional Law and Transitional Studies.


    Preface – Justin O. Frosini & Francesco Biagi  1 Introduction – Justin O. Frosini & Francesco Biagi 2 Ennahdha: Moderation and Compromise in Tunisia’s Constitutional Bargain –Duncan Pickard 3 Egypt: A Constitutional Court in an Unconstitutional Setting – Nathan J. Brown 4 The Pilot of Limited Change: Mohammed VI and the Transition in Morocco – Francesco Biagi 5 Actors and Factors in Libya’s Revolution – Karim Mezran and Eric Knecht 6 Algeria: The Outlier State? – John P. Entelis 7 Transitions from Authoritarian Rule following the Arab Uprisings: A Matter of Variables – Justin O. Frosini & Francesco Biagi


    Justin O. Frosini is Assistant Professor of Public Law at the Bocconi University in Milan, director of the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development (CCSDD) in Bologna and Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law at the Johns Hopkins SAIS, Europe. He is the author of Constitutional Preambles: At a Crossroads between Politics and Law (2012) as well as several articles and book chapters in the field of comparative constitutional law with particular attention for federalism, regionalism and devolution, constitutional justice and forms of government.

    Francesco Biagi is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Bologna’s School of Law and researcher at the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development (CCSDD). He is the author of several articles and book chapters focusing on transitions to democracy, constitution-building, constitutional adjudication and electoral justice. In 2012 his research on "Constitutional Courts in Democratic Transitions: The Cases of Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic" was awarded best Ph.D. thesis in Constitutional Law at the University of Ferrara by the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori (IUSS).