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Political Participation in Algeria Beyond the Polling Stations: Insights from Tizi-Ouzou

  • Naoual Belakhdar
Part of the Governance and Limited Statehood Series book series (GLS)

Abstract

The Algerian legislative elections in May 2012 were of crucial importance for the regime, both due to the regional context of revolutionary upheavals and in light of the symbolic 50th anniversary of Algeria’s independence. Indeed, the commemoration was met with bitterness and cynicism by large parts of the population, in line with the common feeling that independence had been confiscated. These regular elections were presented as the culmination of the reform process introduced by the regime in 2011, as the ‘antidote’ to the Arab revolutions. Since the results turned out quite surprising, as we will see later, especially in terms of voter turnout and relatively weak performance of Islamist parties, they apparently seemed to strengthen the position of the regime and to confirm the assumption of the ‘Algerian exceptionalism’ regarding the so-called ‘Arab Spring.’1

Keywords

Political Participation Voter Turnout Electoral Campaign Moral Economy Society Relation 
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