No Spring in Africa: How Sub-Saharan Africa Has Avoided the Arab Spring Phenomenon

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    This article explores in detail the conditions underpinning why Sub-Saharan Africa has avoided the Arab Spring phenomenon-despite the existence of extremely fertile grounds for political revolutions. Using a historical comparative method, the study draws chiefly from three Arab Spring countries (Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya), and identifies the key factors that aided the domino-effect of political revolutions in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. It then contrasts these with the domino-inhibiting factors drawn from an examination of four Sub-Saharan African countries: Chad, Sudan, Cameroon, and Angola. The central argument emphasizes contextual regional uniqueness. While a set of factors unique to the MENA region aided a revolution domino effect, a combination of structural, domestic, and external factors equally unique to Sub-Saharan Africa have enabled the latter to evade the domino effect of the Arab Spring.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)754-784
    Number of pages31
    JournalPolitics and Policy
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015


    • Angola
    • Arab Spring
    • Cameroon
    • Cameroun
    • Chad
    • Comparative International Politics
    • Democracy and Democratization
    • Domino Effect
    • Egypt
    • Libya
    • MENA Region
    • Maghreb
    • Political Revolutions
    • Protest Cascades
    • Social Movements
    • Spread
    • Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Sudan
    • Tunisia

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations


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