The Wisconsin Spring After Two Gubernatorial Elections

The Wisconsin Spring After Two Gubernatorial Elections

Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-0377-5.ch005
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Eight years have passed since the original Arab Spring in Tunisia took place in January 2011. It has been almost six years since the impact of the Wisconsin Spring on Scott Walker's attempts at policy changes in the state occurred. At that time, the effect of social media on public awareness and public participation in political events was considered new and innovative. Since then, Walker won a recall election and a re-election. He made a run for the Presidency and lost. In November 2018, Scott Walker was unseated in the gubernatorial race by Tony Evers. This chapter updates what has transpired since then and the impact of social media on the events in Wisconsin, determining whether social media impacted public opinion, political participation, and electoral outcomes in the state.
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The Arab Spring Revisited

Appropriately enough, Sohrab Ahmari’s article in the Wall Street Journal talks about how five years after 2010 the Arab countries, that had experienced uprisings toppling autocracies and bringing the promise of democratic transition, find themselves no closer to stability than they had expected. The popular uprisings and anger in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria have died down. The revolution that social media brought was only effective against the unpopular regimes they sought to unseat but has not been effective in sustaining the kind of power that would bring about stability to these nations. Without the certainty of political equality and universal participation, without the effectiveness of responsible government alternation in power brought about by regularly scheduled elections, there is no ability to hear the voices of the public. Thus these Arab countries are still finding their way towards democracy.

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