Political and socio-economic liberalizations in Morocco: genuine democratization or smart authoritarianism?

Fabiana Sacchetti
“Regime change” in the Arab world has attracted strands of literature which, especially in the last 20 years, variously tried to explain a general “reluctance to democratize” and/or the singular “resilience of authoritarianism” that most Arab countries were showing, at times when other areas of the world were experiencing wide processes of democratization and political/economic liberalization. Among them, Morocco has so far been reported as one of the most “successful” cases of gradual democratization: partly...