The Violence Pendulum, Tunisia’s Ennahda Movement, and Strong Quotas/Weak Parties in Tunisia (S. 10, Ep. 13)

Emy Matesan of Wesleyan University talks about her latest book, The Violence Pendulum: Tactical Change in Islamist Groups in Egypt and Indonesia, with Marc Lynch on this week’s podcast. In the book, she argues that Islamist groups alter their tactics in response to the perceived need for activism, shifts in the cost of violent versus nonviolent resistance, and internal or external pressures on the organization. (Starts at 31:05). Giulia Cimini of University of Bologna speaks about her new article entitled, “Learning mechanisms within an Islamist party: Tunisia’s Ennahda Movement between domestic and regional balances,” published in Contemporary Politics. (Starts at 0:50). Jana Belschner of University of Bergen discusses her new article, “Electoral Engineering in New Democracies: Strong Quotas and Weak Parties in Tunisia,” published in Government and Opposition, an International Journal of Comparative Politics. (Starts at 15:11).



Music for this season’s podcast was created by Feras Arrabi. You can find more of his work on his Facebook and Instagram page.

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