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The role of national parliaments in the Arab transformation processes

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Project "ARAB PARLIAMENTS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: PLEINLAAN 2
postcode: 1050

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 160˙800 €
 EC max contribution 160˙800 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-02-01   to  2019-04-03


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL BE (BRUSSEL) coordinator 160˙800.00
2    UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE UK (DUNDEE) participant 0.00


 Project objective

The research analyses the role of national parliaments in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia since 2011, and assesses their contributions to the political transformation processes. It diminishes an existing research gap since parliaments have received almost no consideration in ‘Arab Spring’ research yet. Semi-structured interviews in all four countries with local parliamentarians, academics, NGO representatives, diplomats and similar decision-makers will produce primary data that will be further discussed in workshops at academic institutions in Amman, Cairo, Rabat and Tunis as well as a conference at the University of Dundee. Peer-reviewed articles, open-access contributions and a monograph will disseminate findings to the public. The underlying hypothesis is that parliaments have influence only in policy topics that (a) do not tackle national security questions and (b) are of domestic nature. In other words, parliaments in the four selected Arab countries may be influential in less sensitive facets of the countries’ individual justice and home affairs, yet to different extent. For this, Prof. Christian Kaunert is the perfect supervisor, as he is one of the most distinguished scholars on EU justice and home affairs with strong affinities to the Arab world; the action will be connected to his newly established European Institute for Security and Justice, created within the School of Politics at UNIVDUN, and contribute not only to excellent basic research but also help increasing the institute’s visibility within the EU as well as within core countries of the EU’s southern neighbourhood. For the intended research action, the experienced researcher can already built on initial research that he has conducted in 2013 and 2014 as visiting professor at Cairo University. However, this research was just a first step into this innovative research field; with the intended action, more steps shall follow to tackle the research topic more comprehensively and in more detail.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Jan Claudius Völkel
The Impact of Brexit on the European Parliament: The Role of British MEPs in Euro-Mediterranean Affairs
published pages: 263-291, ISSN: , DOI:
Brexit and Democracy: The Role of Parliaments in the UK and the European Union (eds. Thomas Christiansen, Diana Fromage) 2019-06-07
2018 Jan Claudius Völkel
Nördliches Afrika: Geostrategische, politische und sozio-ökonomische Interessen und Strategien regionaler Akteure
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Website 12 March 2018 2019-05-23
2017 Jan Claudius Völkel
Parteien in Nordafrika: Als Politikgestalter weder gewollt noch gebraucht(Political parties in North Africa: As policy-makers neither wanted nor needed)
published pages: 79-102, ISSN: , DOI:
Politische Parteien in Nordafrika Edited Volume 2019-05-23
2018 Jan Claudius Völkel
Presidential Elections in Egypt: A Sense of Déjà-vu
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BTI Blog 26 March 2018 2019-05-23
2018 Jan Claudius Völkel
Äthiopien (Konfliktanalyse)
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Website 19 February 2018 2019-05-23
2019 Jan Claudius Völkel
Not more than a Dent? Long-term Trends in Middle East Democracy since the Arab Spring
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Durham Middle East Papers 97 2019-05-23
2017 Paul Esber, Jan Claudius Völkel
Moving the German Anti-IS Troops from Turkey to Jordan: A Jump from the Frying Pan into the Fire?
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Global Policy Blog 24 July 2017 2019-06-13
2017 Jan Claudius Völkel
Sidelined by design: Egypt’s parliament in transition
published pages: 595-619, ISSN: 1362-9387, DOI: 10.1080/13629387.2017.1297234
The Journal of North African Studies 22/4 2019-06-13
2017 Jan Claudius Völkel
As Populists rise in the West, Arab Autocrats rejoice
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Social Europe (Blog) 10 May 2017 2019-06-13

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