Quantifying anecdotes: Google search data and political developments in Egypt

Gabriel Koehler-Derrick

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The events of 2011 transformed the politics of the Arab world. In just under 12 months, dictators fell in three countries: Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. In Bahrain, Yemen, and Syria, protests and violence continued throughout 2012 to shake what were once assumed to be the solid foundations of long-standing autocratic regimes. Although it is too soon to assess the outcome of these events, one immediate consequence is clear: the empowerment of public opinion in Arab politics. For the first time in more than 50 years, the voices of average Tunisians, Egyptians, and Libyans can directly influence political outcomes. This shift may yet prove to be temporary, but its importance in driving current events cannot be discounted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-298
Number of pages8
JournalPS - Political Science and Politics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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