"Each essay moves analysis beyond abstract political structures into personal factors, like emotional reactions and confusion, which affect how states and protesters engage with each other ... the book offers insightful analysis ... emphasizing how individual players operated in complex environments to spark social change." - Haley Clasen, Middle East Journal Summer 2018 issue (Vol 72, No 3)
This book brings together a roster of prominent contributors to present a strategic interactionist perspective on the study of contentious politics in the Middle East in response to the Arab uprisings. The common thread among the contributions is an interest in the micro-level interactions between various strategic players, including not only the mobilisation of protestors during the uprisings but also the responses of regimes. The book also examines short to medium-term adaptations of the regimes and the collective action of opponents in the post-uprisings period, as well as the subsequent trajectories of the protesters themselves in the face of new forms of authoritarianism or democratisation.