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The Democratization Triangle, Part 2: Can Protesters Build Ties with Civil Society?


Democratization Triangle

Part 1 of this blog dealt with the streets protests occurring everywhere, organized by social media.   The second corner of the democratization triangle is civil society. There are two major questions about this corner of the triangle, in any country:

1) How strong and dense is civil society?

2) Are street protests linked to civil society?

In many countries, such as Libya, the Arab Spring led to a proliferation of new civil society organizations.  But these new Libyan organizations have to compete with armed militias tied to political leaders. Continue reading