Women, Civil Society and Policy Change in the Arab World

  • Nasser Yassin
  • Robert Hoppe

About this book


This book examines the ways in which Arab civil society actors have attempted to influence public policies. In particular, the book studies the drive towards a change of policies that affect women and their well-being. It does so through the lens of women civil society activism and through analysis of cases of policy reform in three Arab countries namely: Lebanon, Morocco and Yemen. The book addresses the tension between policy change and state repression; between Islamic traditional/religious values and civil/secular ones; between the formal and the informal channels for policy-making. One of the first books to reflect on the capability of Arab civil society actors to influence change, it traces recent policy evolution from before the Arab Uprisings in 2011 until the present day, and describes the limited ability of civil society actors to induce change and substantiate it over recent decades. The book explores the use of policy theories in the analysis of cases, and reflects on the possibility of applying and “adapting” those concepts, largely applied in the Western world, to encompass policymaking in the Arab world without conceptual 'overstretch'.

Nasser Yassin is Director of Research at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, and professor of policy and planning at the Health Management and Policy Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon.

Robert Hoppe is Professor of Knowledge and Public Policy in the Faculty of Management and Governance, Twente University, the Netherlands. He is also Senior Nonresidential Fellow of the American University of Beirut’s (AUB) Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Relations, Lebanon.


Arab uprisings civil society women's rights collective action social movements and change political participation Islamic Feminism Arab world Domestic Violence Multiple Streams Framework Policy Entrepreneurship Civil Society Organizations Advocacy Political Uncertainty Lebanon and Policy-Making Soulaliyate movement Advocacy Coalition Framework patriarchal values Yemen and Policy-Making Morocco and Policy-Making

Editors and affiliations

  • Nasser Yassin
    • 1
  • Robert Hoppe
    • 2
  1. 1.American University of BeirutBeirutLebanon
  2. 2.Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International RelationsAmerican University of BeirutBeirutLebanon

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