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International Journal of Political Science and Development

Vol. 3(9), pp. 363375, September, 2015.  

DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2014.043

ISSN: 2360-784X



Research Paper



Poverty and Economic Inequality as the Leading Causes of the 2011 Egypt Revolution




Turkish War College, Istanbul, Turkey. E-mail: gakcesme@gmail.com 


Accepted 14 September 2015



Although it took place over only 18 days, the 2011 Egyptian Revolution was a significant socio-political event in modern Middle East history. As a part of an upsurge of protest movements across the region, the Egyptian revolution followed Tunisia’s successful revolution. These protests incited many questions and intersectional studies that have looked at economic, social, and political factors that came into existence leading to the “Arab Spring.” Focusing on Egypt as a case study, this article examines the economic motives of the revolution that grew out of those factors. Specifically, it focuses on the concepts of poverty and economic inequality as major reasons of the protesters’ unrest. A group of analysts has argued that dictatorship, religious and ethnic tensions, and the prevalence of gross corruption in government, were some of the main triggers of the Egyptian revolution. However, a close analysis of the 2011 revolution in Egypt shows that these factors are not sufficient catalysts for a revolution, unless they caused an unbearable poverty and economic inequality.

Keywords: 2011 Egypt Revolution, Egypt, Arab Spring, Poverty, Economic Inequality, Revolution of Egypt.


Cite This Article As: Akcesme G (2015). Poverty and Economic Inequality as the Leading Causes of the 2011 Egypt Revolution. Inter. J. Polit. Sci. Develop. 3(9): 363-375






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