Making Your Mind Up: Norms and Decisions

  • Philip Ball


While the causes of the Arab Spring of 2011 are still disputed, no one imagines that the popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya happened one after the other by pure coincidence. Even before President Mubarak of Egypt was forced to relinquish his rule in February, there was talk of a ‘domino effect’ and ‘copycat’ behaviour across the North African nations, leading political leaders in Algeria, Morocco and Libya to lower the prices of essential goods in an attempt to avoid spreading of this ‘contagious’ unrest. Such knock-on effects of social disturbance and conflict were nothing new. For example, the civil war in Rwanda in the 1990s spread into the neighbouring Congo, at the cost of millions of lives, and also affected Burundi and Uganda.


Domino Effect Moderate Opinion Mobile Phone Technology Social Disturbance Pure Coincidence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Ball
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  1. 1.LondonUK

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