Socioeconomic Protests in MENA and Latin America

Egypt and Tunisia in Interregional Comparison

  • Irene Weipert-Fenner
  • Jonas Wolff

Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. General Trends

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Prisca Jöst, Jan-Philipp Vatthauer
      Pages 71-103
  3. Organized Labor

  4. Marginalized Groups

  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Irene Weipert-Fenner, Jonas Wolff
      Pages 251-274 Open Access

About this book


This edited volume presents a detailed account of the dynamics of socioeconomic contention in Egypt and Tunisia since 2011. Combining quantitative and qualitative methods, it analyses what has happened to the socioeconomic grievances that played a key role in the mass mobilizations of 2010 and 2011. The book is based on an original data set of socioeconomic protests in the two countries and on in-depth case studies that cover the two most important types of socioeconomic contention: labor protests and protests by socioeconomically disadvantaged people outside the formal economy. Drawing on a systematic review of comparative research on Latin America, the authors argue that the dynamics of socioeconomic contention in contemporary Egypt and Tunisia reflect a deep-seated crisis of popular sector incorporation. This work promises to enrich the scholarly and the political debates on Egypt and Tunisia, the MENA region and on contentious politics in times of political change.

Chapter 10 of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at 

Irene Weipert-Fenner is Project Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Germany.

Jonas Wolff is Head of the Research Department “Intrastate Conflict” and executive board member of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Germany.


MENA Middle East Latin America Political Change Socioeconomic Protests Egypt Tunisia open access

Editors and affiliations

  • Irene Weipert-Fenner
    • 1
  • Jonas Wolff
    • 2
  1. 1.Peace Research Institute FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Peace Research Institute FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany

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