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Morocco and the Arab Spring

Morocco is emerging from its Middle Ages, but it is doing so very slowly and in a confused manner. The old model of society, based on feudal conservatism, patriarchal authoritarianism, predation and unearned income, repression and corruption, is condemned by sociological, economic, political and technological evolutions. However, it does not give way easily in front of political and social inertia due partly to the eviction, repression, corruption and the undermining of the credibility of the elites carried out by the palace since independence, as well as to the fear of destabilization (by Islamic, military or secessionist forces). Thus, the spaces of liberalization recently conceded make for a political game that is more fluid, transparent and better sanctioned by the will of the people. However, the elites now in power, and those who could reach power by popular elections in a near future, remain in great part prisoners of the authoritarian, paternalistic, clientelist and rentier logic. This will probably prevent the emergence of a true and active democracy for one or more decades, the time necessary for a younger generation to emerge and for democratic customs to impose themselves.


Référence électonique : Fouad ABDELMOUMNI, "Morocco and the Arab Spring", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°145, 145 - Le Maroc, p.123-140 . Consulté le 2021-09-21 09:47:32 . URL : https://www.revue-pouvoirs.fr/Morocco-and-the-Arab-Spring.html