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Les élections de la révolution (2011-2012)

Edited by Clément Steuer
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ISBN 978-2-905838-81-0

Paradoxically, even though the Egyptian elections of 2011-2012 are regarded as being “founding elections”, all their results have since been annulled. Between the two revolutionary moments of the 25th January 2011 and the 30th June 2013, five elections were conducted in Egypt: two were held in order to approve constitutional documents, which have since been canceled, two others focused on the election of members to two assemblies, which have since been dissolved, and one was held in order to elect the president of the Republic, thereafter ousted. Nevertheless, these various electoral activities still constitute the first to be organized after six decades of authoritarianism, and they contributed–most probably more than anything else–to the revival of Egyptian political players and to changes in their practices.

The contributions gathered in the present volume of Égypte/Monde Arabe focus mainly on the Parliamentary elections, which are a crucial element in relation to the current balance in relations between the Egyptian state and society. The authors–young researchers from many disciplines within the social sciences field–address the role of representations in a period of transition, the creation of several political parties which have stem from numerous sections of civil society, and the reconfiguration of power balances at the local political level. While the 2011-2012 elections represent a barometer of the ongoing political changes, they also constitute the actual heart of the struggle between the various political players during this crucial period of Egyptian history.

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