Répertoire du personnel administratif et enseignant

Francesco Cavatorta

Francesco Cavatorta

Département de science politique

Directeur de programme au BIAPRI, Professeur titulaire

418 656-2131, poste 407091


Pavillon Charles-De Koninck Local 4419

Directeur du baccalauréat intégré en affaires publiques et relations internationales


  • POL-1005 Introduction aux relations internationales
  • POL-2328 L'Islam politique dans le monde arabe
  • POL-7003 Analyse qualitative

Projets de recherche

Le Salafisme dans le monde arabe après le printemps arabe

Transformations politiques et sociales dans le monde arabe

La modération des partis politiques islamistes


Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

(with Janine Clark) ‘Political and social mobilization in the Arab world after the 2011 uprisings.’ Globalizations, 2022.

(with Nidhal Mekki) ‘How can we agree on anything in this environment? Tunisian media, transition and elite compromises: a view from Parliament.’ International Journal of Press/Politics, Vol. 26, No. 4, 2021, pp. 822-841. 

(with Paola Rivetti) ‘Revolution and counter-revoluton in the Middle East and North Africa. A Global perspective on regional politics and knowledge production’, Partecipazione e Conflitto, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2021, pp. 511-529.

(with Stefano Torelli) ‘From victim to hangman? Ennahda, Salafism and the Tunisian Transition’, Religions, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2021 (Open access). 

‘Lessons from political transitions in the Arab world: A citizens’ perspective’, Orient, Vol. 61, No. 2, 2021, pp. 7-15. 

(with Valeria Resta) ‘Beyond quietism: party institutionalization, Salafism and the economy’, Politics & Religion, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2020, pp. 796-817.

(with Samir Amghar) ‘Islamism, Islamist parties and economic policy-making in the neo-liberal age’, Politics & Religion, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2020, pp. 685-694. 

(with Andrea Teti and Pamela Abbott) «Do Arabs really want democracy? Evidence from four countries», Democratization, Vol. 26, no. 4, 2019, pp. 645-665.  

(with Belgacem Tahci) «La politique économique de la résilience autoritaire en Algérie: l’énigme de la diversification économique», Etudes Internationales, Vol. 50, No. 1, 2019, pp. 7- 38.

(with Jon Hill) «Dimensions of security in the Maghreb», Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 55, no. 2, 2019, pp. 177-181.

(with Eva Wegner) «Revisiting the Islamist-Secular divide: Parties and Voters in the Arab World», International Political Science Review, vol. 40, no. 4, 2019, pp. 558-575.  

(with Andrea Teti and Pamela Abbott) «Beyond elections: perceptions of democracy in four Arab countries», Democratization, 2019.

(with Federica Zardo) «Friends will be friends? External–domestic interactions in EU-Tunisia and EU-Morocco security cooperation after the uprisings», International Politics, Vol. 19, No. 92, 2018, pp. 1-19.

«Domestic and international dynamics before and after the Arab uprisings – Review Article», Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 30, No. 4, 2017, pp. 421-429.

(with Raquel Ojeda) «Islamism in Mauritania and the narrative of political moderation», Journal of Modern Africa Studies, Vol. 55, no. 2, 2017, pp. 301-325.

«Morocco: the promise of democracy and reality of authoritarianism», International Spectator, Vol. 51, No. 1, 2016, pp. 86-98.   

«Salafism, liberalism, and democratic learning in Tunisia», The Journal of North African Studies, Vol. 20, No. 5, 2015, pp.770-783.

(with Miquel Pellicer and Eva Wegner) «Is there strength in numbers?», Middle East Law and Governance, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2015, pp. 153-168.   

(with Fabio Merone) «Post-Islamism, ideological evolution and ‘la tunisianité’ of the Tunisian Islamist party al-Nahda», Journal of Political Ideologies, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2015, pp. 27-42. 

(with Marie-Eve Desrosiers) «State-society relations in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia», Orient, Vol. 56, No. 2, 2015, pp. 14-21.

«No democratic change...and yet not authoritarian continuity. The inert-paradigm debate and North Africa after the uprisings», British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2015, pp. 135-145. 

(with Paola Rivetti) «EU-MENA relations from the Barcelona Process to the Arab Uprisings: a new research agenda», Journal of European Integration, Vol. 36, No. 6, 2014, pp. 619-625. 

«The rise of Salafism after the Arab Spring», Critical Muslim, Vol. 10, 2014. pp. 62-73. 

(with Paola Rivetti) «Student activism under authoritarian constraints. The case of Iran», Democratization, Vol. 21, no. 2, 2014, pp. 289-310. 

(with Fabio Merone) «Salafist movement and sheikh-ism in the Tunisian democratic transition», Middle East Law and Governance, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2013, pp. 308-330.

(avec Emanuela Dalmasso) «Democracy, civil liberties and the role of religion after the Arab Awakening. Constitutional reforms in Tunisia and Morocco», Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2013, pp. 225-241.   

(avec Fabio Merone) «Moderation through exclusion? The journey of the Tunisian Ennahda from fundamentalist to conservative party», Democratization, vol. 20, No. 5, 2013, pp. 857-875.  

(avec Luca Ozzano) «Conclusion: Reassessing the Relation between Religion, Political Actors and Democratization», Democratization, vol. 20, No. 5, 2013, pp. 958-966. 

(avec Luca Ozzano) «Introduction: Religiously Oriented Parties and Democratization», Democratization, Vol. 20, No. 5, 2013, pp. 799-806.  

(avec Paola Rivetti) «The importance of being civil society: student politics and the reformist movement in Khatami's Iran», Middle Eastern Studies, vol.49, no. 4, 2013, pp. 645-660.

(avec John Hogan) «An Examination of Macroeconomic Policy Change in Non-democratic States: Algeria and Jordan in Comparative Perspective», Digest of Middle East Studies, Vol.22, No. 1, 2013, pp. 13-38. 

(avec Stefano Torelli et Fabio Merone) «Salafism in Tunisia: challenges and opportunities for democratization», Middle East Policy, Vol. 19, No. 4, 2012, pp. 140-154. 

(avec Michelle Pace) «The Arab uprisings in theoretical perspectives», Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2012, pp. 125-138. 

(avec Rikke Haugbølle) «The end of authoritarian rule and the mythology of Tunisia under Ben Ali», Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2012, pp. 179-195.  

«La reconfiguration des structures de pouvoir en Algérie. Entre le national et l'international», Revue Tiers Monde, No. 210, Avril-Juin 2012, pp. 13-29.  

(avec Rikke Haugbølle) «Beyond Ghannouchi: Islamism and social change in Tunisia», Middle East Report, no. 262, Spring 2012, pp. 20-25. 

«The war on terror and the transformation of Political Islam», Religion Compass, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2012, pp. 185-194.

(avec Rikke Haugbølle) «Vive la grande famille des media tunisiens! Media reform and authoritarian resilience in Tunisia», Journal of North African Studies, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2012, pp. 97-112. 

(avec Rikke Haugbølle) «Will the real Tunisian opposition please stand up?! Opposition coordination failures under authoritarian constraints», British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 38, No. 3, 2011, pp. 323-341.  

(avec Emanuela Dalmasso) «Political Islam in Morocco: negotiating the Kingdom's liberal space», Contemporary Arab Affairs, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2011, pp. 484-500. 

(avec Michelle Pace) «The Post-Normative Turn in European Union (EU)-Middle East and North Africa (MENA) relations: An Introduction», European Foreign Affairs Review, Vol. 15, No. 5, 2010, pp. 581-588. 

(avec Arantza Gomez Arana) «The European Union's critical engagement with the Syrian Arab Republic», European Foreign Affairs Review, Vol. 15, No. 5, 2010, pp. 629-644. 

«The convergence of governance. Upgrading authoritarianism in the Arab world and downgrading democracy elsewhere?», Middle East Critique, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2010, pp. 217-232. 

(avec Emanuela Dalmasso) «Reforming the Family Code in Tunisia and Morocco ? The struggle between religion, globalisation and democracy», Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2010, pp. 195-210. 

(avec Erik Mohns) «''Yes, he can.'' A reappraisal of Syrian foreign policy under Bashar al-Asad», Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2010, pp. 289-298.

(avec Hendrik Kraetzschmar) «Bullets over ballots: Islamist groups, the State and election violence in Egypt and Morocco», Democratization, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2010, pp. 326-349.  

(avec Robert Elgie) «The impact of semi-presidentialism on governance in the Palestinian Authority», Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 63, No. 1, 2010, pp. 22-40. 

(avec Emanuela Dalmasso) «Liberal outcomes through undemocratic means. The reform of the Code du Statut Personnel in Morocco», The Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 47, No. 4, 2009, pp. 487-506. 

(avec Vincent Durac) «Strengthening authoritarian rule through democracy promotion? Examining the paradox of the US and EU security strategies. The case of Tunisia», British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2009, pp. 3-19.

(avec Vincent Durac) «The foreign policies of the EU and the US in North Africa. Converging or diverging dynamics?», Journal of North African Studies, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 1-9, 2009. 

«Divided they stand, divided they fail. Opposition politics in Morocco», Democratization, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 137-156, 2009. 

(avec Peter Seeberg et Michelle Pace), «The EU's Democratization Agenda in the Mediterranean: a Critical Inside-Out Approach», Democratization, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 3-19, 2009. 

(avec Azzam Elananza) «Political opposition in civil society. An analysis of the interactions of secular and religious associations in Algeria and Jordan», Government and Opposition, Vol. 43, No. 4, 2008, pp. 561-578.

(avec Raj Chari, Sylvia Kritzinger et Arantza Gomez), «EU external policy-making: ''realistically'' dealing with authoritarianism? The case of Morocco», European Foreign Affairs Review, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2008, pp. 357-376.   

«Civil society, democracy promotion and Islamism on the Southern shores of the Mediterranean», Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2008, pp. 109-119. 

(avec Ben Tonra) «Normative Foundations in the EU Foreign, Security and Defence Policy. The Case of the Middle East Peace Process: A View from the Field», Contemporary Politics, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2007, pp. 347-361. 

«Neither participation nor revolution. The strategy of the Jamiat al-Adl wal-Ihsan», Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 12, No.3, 2007, pp. 379-395.  

«More than repression; strategies of regime survival. The significance of divide et impera in Morocco», Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2007, pp 187-203. 

(avec Frédéric Volpi) «Forgetting Democratization? Recasting power and authority in a plural Muslim world», Democratization, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2006, pp. 363-372. 

«Civil Society, Islamism and Democratisation. The case of Morocco», The Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 44, No. 2, 2006, pp. 203-222. 

«The International Context of Morocco's stalled democratisation», Democratization, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2005, pp. 549-567.

«The War on Terror - Perspectives from Radical Islamic Groups», Irish Studies in International Affairs, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2005, pp. 35-50. 

(avec Eoin O'Malley) «Finding a party and losing some friends: Overcoming the weaknesses of the Prime Ministerial Figure in Italy», Contemporary Politics, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2004, pp. 271-286.

(avec Sylvia Krtitzinger et Raj Chari), «Continuities and Change in Party Positions Towards Europe: An Examination of Italian Parties' Euro-Manifestos», Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 11, No. 6, 2004, p. 954-974. 

«Constructing an Open Model of Transitions. International Political Economy and the Failed Democratisation of North Africa», Journal of North African Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2004, pp. 1-18. 

(avec Raj Chari), «The Iraq War: Killing Dreams of a Unified EU?», European Political Science (EPS), Vol. 3, No. 1, 2003, pp. 25-29. 

«The Failed Liberalisation of Algeria and the International Context: a Legacy of Stable Authoritarianism», Journal of North African Studies, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2002, pp. 23-43. 

(avec Raj Chari), «Economic Actors? Political Activity in Overlap Issues: privatizations in Spain, France and Ireland and EU State Aid Control», West European Politics, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2002, pp. 119-142. 

«Geopolitical challenges to the success of democracy in North Africa: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco», Democratization Vol. 8, No. 4, 2001, pp. 175-194. 

«The role of the Northern League in Transforming the Italian political system: from economic federalism to ethnic politics and back», Contemporary Politics, Vol. 7, No.1, 2001, pp. 27-40.

Livres et ouvrages collectifs

Ozgun Topak, Merouan Mekouar and Francesco Cavatorta (eds.), New Authoritarian Practices in the Middle East and North Africa, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022. 

(with Lise Storm and Valeria Resta, eds.), Handbook on Political Parties in the Middle East and North Africa, Routledge, 2020.  

(With Fatima El-Issawi) The Unfinished Arab Spring, The Gangko Library, 2020.

(Avec Lise Storm, dir.) Political Parties in the Arab world, Edinburgh University Press, 2018.

(with Vincent Durac), Politics and Governance in the Middle East, Palgrave, 2015.

(with Luca Ozzano, eds.), Religiously oriented parties and democratization, London: Routledge, 2014.

(avec Paul Aarts, dir.), Civil society activism in Syria and Iran, Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2013. 

State-society relations under authoritarian constraints, London: Routledge, 2012. 

(avec Vincent Durac), Civil Society and Democratisation in the Arab world: the Dynamics of Activism, London: Routledge, 2010. 

(avec Vincent Durac, dir.), The foreign policies of the EU and the US in North Africa. Converging or diverging dynamics?, London: Routledge, 2009. 

The international dimension of the failed Algerian transition. Democracy betrayed?, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009. 

(avec Frédéric Volpi, dir.), Forgetting Democratization? Recasting power and authority in a plural Muslim world, London: Routledge, 2007.


Ph. D. en science politique (Trinity College, Dublin, Irlande)
M.A. en relations internationales (Syracuse University, États-Unis)

Intérêts de recherche

  • Démocratisation et autoritarisme dans le monde arabe
  • Dynamiques de la société civile
  • Partis politiques et mouvements islamistes
  • Relations internationales du monde arabe
  • Science politique

Dans les médias

Nos experts dans les médias

​​​​​​​Benjamin Toubol et Francesco Cavatorta ont accordé des entrevues médiatiques depuis l'attaque du Hamas sur Israël