Liverpool Law Review

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 105–134 | Cite as

The ARAB Spring’s Constitutional Indigestion: Has Democracy Failed in the Middle East?

  • Jackson Nyamuya Maogoto
  • Andrew Coleman


In 2013, 3 years after the advent of the ‘Arab Spring’, there is still no single unifying political reform narrative in the Arab World. The unprecedented opportunity for reform and state building appears to have stalled with Islamist movements more concerned with questions of Islamic identity and religious ethics rather than constitutionalism. Incoming governments have lapsed back to the use of police power to curb dissent and protest thus raising the crucial questions: Have post-revolution events proven that the Middle East is incompatible with democracy? Is entrenching democracy in the Middle East failing?


Democracy Constitutionalism Islamism Revolution Identity 



The authors acknowledge and wish to thank the anonymous referees whose illuminating comments on the earlier version of this Article helped in guiding changes making this revised version a better piece.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.Monash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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