Ian M. Hartshorn

Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Politics and International Relations

Dissertation Title: Corporatism, Labor Mobilization, and the Seeds of Revolution in Egypt and Tunisia

Committee: Rudra Sil (chair) Robert Vitalis and Julia Lynch

Summary: My research challenges the dominant narrative of a “social media revolution” in the Arab Middle East and situates the uprisings in the contentious relationship between workers and the state.  By analyzing  labor inclusion in the post-colonial period and exclusion under neoliberalism, I explain the types of regime-labor union ruptures that took place in Tunisia and Egypt.  Workers freed from state domination developed new repertoires of contention, forged new alliances, and diffused knowledge to other activist groups.  Using this starting point, my dissertation looks at unions’ efforts to reform state systems, while negotiating roles with legacy institutions, Islamist parties, and newly militant worker cadres.

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Edward Mansfield Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
John Lapinski Undergraduate Chair