Work Packages

WP1: General Framework Paper

This Work Package reviews the ‘state of the art’ in analyses of trends and transformations in in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Building on literature found in Political Science and Area Studies, it identifies key research problems and pertinent questions regarding democratic transition in the 7 Arab States the project focuses on (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq). It maps the survey micro-data and macro-indicators available to study the region, and details the methodological aspects relevant to the research and shaping the design of the ArabTrans 2014 survey.

WP2: Background Reports

This Work Package identifies key political, economic, and social trends in transformations within the MENA region. It provides reports which discuss the state-of-the-art literature and data on political, economic, and social changes both at a country specific and regional levels until 2010. WP7 Transition Analyses build on this work to scrutinise trends and transformations in the decade before the Arab Uprisings to identify any significant changes since2010.

WP3: Survey Design and Development

Work Package 3 designs a cross-national survey which can answer the outstanding research questions raised by existing scholarship on the region identified in the previous two work packages. The survey is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of values and behaviours in the seven Arab states the project focuses on by assessing the social, political, and economic attitudes of ordinary citizens. This work package will produce a survey questionnaire available in English and in Arabic.

WP4: Survey Fieldwork

Work Package 4 delivers the survey fieldwork. The project aims to conduct a minimum of 1700 face-to-face interviews in each of the seven countries included in the study. This Work Package includes measures to assess the quality of fieldwork and ensure the highest quality data is collected within the large-scale surveys in all seven analysed Arab countries. A deliverable from the Work Package will be a methods guide to how the survey was conducted in the seven as well the other methods used on the project.

WP5: Survey Data‐Set and Code‐Book

The purpose of this Work Package is to collect the data from the fieldwork and integrate it into an SPSS Survey Data Set. This Work Package will also produce Code-Books, which tracks and records technical details of the survey, and documents the distribution of all political, social, and demographic questions, while cross-tabulating these variables against social characteristics.

WP6: Survey Reports

Work Package 6 will provide country and comparative analysis of the survey results. This analysis will cover attitudes at the individual level to the political, social and economic situations in the region, as well as participation in a variety of activities related to the Arab Uprisings. The Work Package will produce graphically lead reports on each of the countries in the survey, as well as a more academic-focused comparative report on the region as a whole.

WP7: Reports on Political and Social Transitions

The main objective of this Work Package is to identify and analyse the significance of the political, economic and social transformations in the Middle East during the 2000-2015 period. A longitudinal dataset, consisting of country-level indicators over this timeframe, will be used to produce eight reports analysing the political, economic and social change in each country and comparatively in the region as a whole between 2010 and 2015.

WP8: Youth, generation and social media

The eighth Work Package focuses upon how young people and social media influenced social, and, political changes in the region as compared to older age groups. It consists of an analysis of how young people within these nations regard democratisation and social modernisation, as well as their general political attitudes in comparison with those of older age groups. Furthermore, it seeks to understand the effects and use of social media in participating in political activities in the region.

WP9: Europe and the Middle East

Work Package 9 evaluates the impact of the Arab Uprisings upon EU-MENA relations. It compares the rationales and strategies of the EU’s changing Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the impact of the Arab Uprisings on Euro-Mediterranean relations, affected not least by the views of the EU by people within the region. It will produce two reports on the implications of recent changes and how they affect EU policy toward the region, with particular attention given to how the EU can foster positive political, economic and social transformations.

WP10: Executive Summary

The purpose of this Work Package is to provide an extended executive summary of the main findings from the project.

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