Promises of Spring: Citizenship and Civic Engagement in Democratic Transitions - ESCWA

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ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/SDD/2013/3


Publication Type: Reports & studies

Cluster: 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination

Focus Area: Resilient development & conflict prevention, Governance & enabling environment, Inclusive development, Population dynamics & migration

Initiatives: Promoting social justice

Keywords: Arab countries, Civil society, Democratization, Economic conditions, Nationality, Popular participation, Protest movements, Social conditions, Social development, Social justice

Promises of Spring: Citizenship and Civic Engagement in Democratic Transitions

January 2013

This publication offers a critical analysis of the Arab uprisings, their possible triggers and potential trajectories. It considers citizenship as an essential factor not only in the struggle against inequality and exclusion but also in widening the concept of politics itself.

From this perspective, the publication focuses on three entry points for maintaining social cohesion and supporting political transitions: (a) building consensus around definitions of the “civic” nature of the state in new constitutions; (b) addressing social justice and inequities and promoting transitional justice mechanisms; and (c) shedding light on the dynamic role of civil society in effecting change during transition. The study concludes with an assessment of possible trajectories for uprising countries and offers recommendations to Governments and CSOs.

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