The International Dimensions of Democratization in Egypt

The Limits of Externally-Induced Change

  • Gamal M. Selim

Part of the Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace book series (HSHES, volume 11)

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This book purports to examine the international dimensions of the democratization process in Egypt in the post Cold War era; a theme which acquired significance at the academic and policy-oriented levels in light of the growing internationalization of reform arrangements in the Arab world in post 9/11, and the greater involvement of external powers in Arab politics following the Arab Spring uprisings.

During the second half of the twentieth century, the mainstream scholarship presented the democratization process as the outcome of domestic conditions not significantly influenced by actors outside the nation-state. With the end of the Cold War, this perspective was challenged as a result of the third wave of democratization, and the subsequent growth of the “good governance” discourse on the agenda of the international development establishment. The new perspective attached a more significant role to external factors in the democratization process than was originally conceptualized.


Civil Society Democracy-promotion Programs Democratization Diffusion Egyptian Spring

Authors and affiliations

  • Gamal M. Selim
    • 1
  1. 1.Political SciencePort Said UniversityPort SaidEgypt

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-16699-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-16700-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1865-5793
  • Series Online ISSN 1865-5807
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