Unmet Challenges and Frustrated Expectations: Economic Security and Quality of Life 2011–2014

  • Andrea Teti
  • Pamela Abbott
  • Francesco Cavatorta
Part of the Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean book series (RTM)


This chapter shows that people’s hopes that the socio-economic and political situation would improve and that governments would address their grievances following the 2010–2011 Uprisings had not been met in 2014. The economic situation had not improved, the security situation had deteriorated and governance remained a concern. Citizens agreed that the economic situation was the main challenge facing their country: there were continuing concerns about government corruption and heightened concerns about security. As in 2011, the majority did not see authoritarianism as one of the two main challenges. Citizens in Jordan saw little prospect of improvement in the economy over the next five years. While there was limited optimism that things would improve in Egypt and Tunisia, a noticeable proportion just did not know what to expect.


Arab Uprisings Economic security Corruption Authoritarianism Corruption Security Decent society 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Teti
    • 1
  • Pamela Abbott
    • 1
  • Francesco Cavatorta
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AberdeenAberdeenUK
  2. 2.Laval UniversityQuébecCanada

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