Transitology as a Discourse of Power in Morocco

By Frédéric Vairel

During the 1990’s, people with various political stances relied on transitology theory in order to describe changes in the Moroccan political regime. In the press and in political foundations, these actors use the transition paradigm in their struggles for the reform of state power. But far from the early transitologists’ objective, to promote democracy, the transition theme has turned into a discourse of power. In its vulgar form, transitology has become a tool to evaluate and to classify political behaviors and activities. It is used against social movements on the pretext that the latter would threaten the pace and advancement of transition.


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