د. عبد الفتاح ماضي الخميس، 24 نيسان / أبريل 2014 00:00
Abdel-Fattah Mady, "Popular Discontent, Revolution and Democratization in Egypt in Globalizing World," Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Vol. 20, Issue 1 (2013).
This paper examined how informal, discontent actors in Egypt have evolved in globalizing world and their role in the 25th of January revolution. It focused on effects of the deteriorating economic and social conditions in Egypt that related to the former regime's policy and the role of mass media and information and communication technologies in facilitating mobilization, recruitment, and eventually the popular uprising. The paper discussed the issue of how informal discontent protesters and groups formulate their goals and organize themselves to exert pressure on formal institutions of the state. The main conclusion is that informal actors have not yet managed to develop a shared political agenda with a focus on democratic transition in Egypt and instead regressed to their own goals and agendas. In light of current political polarization, the paper concluded that there is a need to form a historical block on the basis of democracy or a national-unity government to be able to set the priorities and build the desired democratic system.