Francesco Cavatorta

Membre associé, Observatoire sur le Moyen-Orient et l'Afrique du Nord


  • Démocratisation et autoritarisme
  • Partis et mouvements Islamistes
  • Maghreb
  • Société civile


Informations biographiques

Titulaire d'un doctorat en science politique de Trinity College Dublin, Francesco Cavatorta est professeur titulaire depuis juin 2018 à l'Université Laval. Il est également membre associé, Observatoire sur le Moyen-Orient et l'Afrique du Nord, Chaire Raoul-Dandurand, UQAM. Il a auparavant été professeur adjoint au Department of Politics de University College Dublin (2002-2004) et senior lecturer à la School of Law and Government de Dublin City University (2004-2013).

Ses travaux portent sur les questions liées à la démocratisation, aux partis politiques au Maghreb, aux dynamiques de la société civile.


Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

  • (with Andrea Teti and Pamela Abbott) ‘Do Arabs really want democracy? Evidence from four countries’, Democratization, 2019. Available on-line first:
  • (with Jon Hill) ‘Dimensions of security in the Maghreb’, Middle Eastern Studies, 2019. Available on-line first at: 
  • (with Eva Wegner) ‘Revisiting the Islamist-Secular divide: Parties and Voters in the Arab World’, International Political Science Review, forthcoming 2018. Available on-line first at:  
  • (with Federica Zardo) ‘Friends will be friends? External-domestic interactions in EU-Tunisia and EU-Morocco security cooperation after the uprisings’, International Politics, 2018. Available on-line first:
  •  ‘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’, 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 inter-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.

Livres et ouvrages collectifs

  • (with Janine Clark, eds.), The methodological and ethical challenges of doing research in the Middle East and North Africa, Oxford University Press, 2018.  
  • (with Lise Storm, eds.), Political Parties in the Arab world, Edinburgh University Press, 2018.
  • (with Pamela Abbott and Andrea Teti)The Arab Uprisings in Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia. Social, Political and Economic Transformations. Palgrave, 2018.
  •  (with Fabio Merone, eds.), Salafism after the Arab Awakening. Contending with people’s power, Hurst & Co., 2017.  
  • (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.
Prix et distinctions
  • Faculté de Sciences Sociales. Canadian Dollars (CAD) 7,000 to examine political parties in Tunisia. Dates: May 2014 – December 2014.
  • Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Euro 45,000 to examine the rise of Salafism in the wake of the Arab Awakening. Dates: September 2013 – April 2014.
  • European Union – FP 7. Euro 200,000 to examine social and political transformations in the Arab world following the Arab Spring. Dates: January 2013 – January 2016 (tentative)
  • Gerda Henkel Stiftung. Grant of Euro 55,000 to examine the transformation of Islamist movements. Dates: April 2012- April 2013.
  • Dublin City University Research Capacity Building. Grant of Euro 14,000 to examine Moroccan Islamist human rights associations.Dates: June 2010-September 2010.
  • Panos Institute Paris. Grant of Euro 9, 980 to examine the relationship between civil society activism and media access in Tunisia. Dates: October 2008-April 2009.
  • Dublin City University Career Start Programme. Grant of Euro 12,316 to examine civil society actors in Morocco and to analyse Syrian foreign policy. Dates: September 2008-September 2009.
  • Development Cooperation Ireland (Irish Aid), Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Ireland. Research Grant of Euro 85,000 to examine civil society in four countries: Lebanon, Yemen, Algeria and Jordan. The project is a mapping study of civil society linked to their potential impact on both liberalisation and democratisation. Dates: February 2006-June 2008.
  • School of Law and Government (DCU) Research Grant of Euro 3,000 awarded for carrying out a project with the title "The role of civil society in semi-authoritarian political systems." Dates: July 2005-August 2005.
  • POL-1005 Introduction aux relations internationales
  • POL-2328 L'Islam politique dans le monde arabe
  • POL-7003 Analyse qualitative