Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche sur l'Afrique et le Moyen-Orient

Francesco Cavatorta

Professeur agrégé, Faculté des sciences sociales

Département de science politique, Université Laval


Pavillon Charles-De Koninck, bureau 4419,

1030, avenue des Sciences-Humaines, Université Laval,

Québec (Québec)  G1V 0A6

Téléphone : 418-656-2131, poste 7091

Télécopieur : 418-656-7861

Livre(s) :

  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Vincent Durac. Politics and Governance in the Middle East, Palgrave, 2015.
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Luca Ozzano (dir.) Religiously oriented parties and democratization, London: Routledge, 2014.
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Paul Aarts (dir.) Civil society activism in Syria and Iran, Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2013.
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. State-society relations under authoritarian constraints, London: Routledge, 2012.
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Vincent Durac. Civil Society and Democratisation in the Arab world: the Dynamics of Activism, London: Routledge, 2010.
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Vincent Durac (dir.) The foreign policies of the EU and the US in North Africa. Converging or diverging dynamics?, London: Routledge, 2009.
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. The international dimension of the failed Algerian transition. Democracy betrayed?, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009.
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Frédéric Volpi (dir.) Forgetting Democratization? Recasting power and authority in a plural Muslim world, London: Routledge, 2007.

Article(s) :

  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «Morocco: the promise of democracy and reality of authoritarianism», International Spectator. Vol. 51, Num. 1 (2016), pp. 86-98   
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «Salafism, liberalism, and democratic learning in Tunisia», The Journal of North African Studies. Vol. 20, Num. 5 (2015), pp.770-783
  • Cavatorta, Francesco, Miquel Pellicer et Eva Wegner. «Is there strength in numbers?», Middle East Law and Governance. Vol. 7, Num. 1 (2015), pp.153-168  
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Fabio Merone. «Post-Islamism, ideological evolution and ‘la tunisianité’ of the Tunisian Islamist party al-Nahda», Journal of Political Ideologies. Vol. 20, Num. 1 (2015), pp. 27-42
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Marie-Eve Desrosiers. «State-society relations in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia», Orient, Vol. 56, Num. 2 (2015), pp.14-21
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «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, Num. 1 (2015), pp.135-145
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Paola Rivetti. «EU-MENA relations from the Barcelona Process to the Arab Uprisings: a new research agenda», Journal of European Integration. Vol. 36, Num. 6 (2014), pp.619-625
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «The rise of Salafism after the Arab Spring», Critical Muslim. Vol. 10 (2014), pp.62-73
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Paola Rivetti. «Student activism under authoritarian constraints. The case of Iran», Democratization. Vol. 21, Num. 2 (2014), pp.289-310
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Fabio Merone. «Salafist movement and sheikh-ism in the Tunisian democratic transition», Middle East Law and Governance. Vol. 5, Num. 2 (2013), pp.308-330
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et 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
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Fabio Merone. «Moderation through exclusion? The journey of the Tunisian Ennahda from fundamentalist to conservative party», Democratization. Vol. 20, Num. 5 (2013), pp.857-875
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Luca Ozzano. «Conclusion: Reassessing the Relation between Religion, Political Actors and Democratization», Democratization. Vol. 20, No. 5 (2013), pp.958-966
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Luca Ozzano. «Introduction: Religiously Oriented Parties and Democratization», Democratization. Vol. 20, Num. 5 (2013), pp.799-806
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Paola Rivetti. «The importance of being civil society: student politics and the reformist movement in Khatami’s Iran», Middle Eastern Studies. Vol.49, Num. 4 (2013), pp.645-660
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et 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, Num. 1 (2013), pp.13-38
  • Cavatorta, Francesco, Stefano Torelli et Fabio Merone. «Salafism in Tunisia: challenges and opportunities for democratization», Middle East Policy. Vol. 19, Num. 4 (2012), pp.140-154
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Michelle Pace. «The Arab uprisings in theoretical perspectives», Mediterranean Politics. Vol. 17, Num. 2 (2012), pp.125-138
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Rikke Haugbølle. «The end of authoritarian rule and the mythology of Tunisia under Ben Ali», Mediterranean Politics. Vol. 17, Num. 2 (2012), pp.179-195
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «La reconfiguration des structures de pouvoir en Algérie. Entre le national et l’international», Revue Tiers Monde. Num. 210 (2012), pp.13-29
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Rikke Haugbølle. «Beyond Ghannouchi: Islamism and social change in Tunisia», Middle East Report. Num. 262 (2012), pp.20-25
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «The war on terror and the transformation of Political Islam», Religion Compass. Vol. 6, Num. 3 (2012), pp.185-194
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Rikke Haugbølle. «Vive la grande famille des media tunisiens!  Media reform and authoritarian resilience in Tunisia», Journal of North African Studies. Vol. 17, Num. 1 (2012), pp.97-112
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Rikke Haugbølle. «Will the real Tunisian opposition please stand up?! Opposition coordination failures under authoritarian constraints», British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Vol. 38, Num. 3 (2011), pp.323-341
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Emanuela Dalmasso. «Political Islam in Morocco: negotiating the Kingdom’s liberal space», Contemporary Arab Affairs. Vol. 4, Num. 4 (2011), pp.484-500
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et 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, Num. 5 (2010), pp.581-588
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Arantza Gomez Arana. «The European Union’s critical engagement with the Syrian Arab Republic», European Foreign Affairs Review. Vol. 15, Num. 5 (2010), pp.629-644
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «The convergence of governance. Upgrading authoritarianism in the Arab world and downgrading democracy elsewhere?»,Middle East Critique. Vol. 19, Num. 3 (2010), pp. 217-232
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Emanuela Dalmasso. «Reforming the Family Code in Tunisia and Morocco ? The struggle between religion, globalisation and democracy», Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions Vol. 11, Num. 2 (2010), pp.195-210
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Erik Mohns. « »Yes, he can. » A reappraisal of Syrian foreign policy under Bashar al-Asad», Mediterranean Politics. Vol. 15, Num. 2 (2010), pp.289-298
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Hendrik Kraetzschmar. «Bullets over ballots: Islamist groups, the State and election violence in Egypt and Morocco», Democratization. Vol. 17, Num. 2 (2010), pp.326-349
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Robert Elgie. «The impact of semi-presidentialism on governance in the Palestinian Authority», Parliamentary Affairs. Vol. 63, Num. 1 (2010), pp. 22-40
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et 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, Num. 4 (2009), pp.487-506
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et 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, Num. 1 (2009), pp.3-19
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et 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, Num. 1, pp. 1-9, 2009
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «Divided they stand, divided they fail. Opposition politics in Morocco», Democratization. Vol. 16, Num. 1 (2009), pp. 137-156
  • Cavatorta, Francesco, Peter Seeberg et Michelle Pace. «The EU’s Democratization Agenda in the Mediterranean: a Critical Inside-Out Approach», Democratization. Vol. 16, Num. 1 (2009), pp.3-19
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et 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, Num. 4 (2008), pp.561-579
  • Cavatorta, Francesco, 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, Num. 3 (2008), pp.357-376
  • Cavatorta, Francesco, «Civil society, democracy promotion and Islamism on the Southern shores of the Mediterranean», Mediterranean Politics. Vol. 13, Num. 1 (2008), pp.109-119
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et 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, Num. 4 (2007), pp.347-361
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «Neither participation nor revolution. The strategy of the Jamiat al-Adl wal-Ihsan», Mediterranean Politics. Vol. 12, Num.3 (2007), pp.379-395
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «More than repression; strategies of regime survival. The significance of divide et impera in Morocco», Journal of Contemporary African Studies. Vol. 25, Num. 2 (2007), pp.187-203
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Frédéric Volpi. «Forgetting Democratization? Recasting power and authority in a plural Muslim world», Democratizatio. Vol. 13, Num. 3 (2006), pp.363-372
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «Civil Society, Islamism and Democratisation. The case of Morocco», The Journal of Modern African Studies. Vol. 44, Num. 2 (2006), pp.203-222
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «The International Context of Morocco’s stalled democratisation», Democratization. Vol. 12, Num. 4 (2005), pp.549-567
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «The War on Terror – Perspectives from Radical Islamic Groups», Irish Studies in International Affairs. Vol. 16, Num. 1 (2005), pp.35-50
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Eoin O’Malley. «Finding a party and losing some friends: Overcoming the weaknesses of the Prime Ministerial Figure in Italy», Contemporary Politics. Vol. 10, Num. 3 (2004), pp.271-286
  • Cavatorta, Francesco, 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, Num. 6 (2004), pp.954-974
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «Constructing an Open Model of Transitions. International Political Economy and the Failed Democratisation of North Africa», Journal of North African Studies. Vol. 9, Num. 2 (2004), pp.1-18
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Raj Chari. «The Iraq War: Killing Dreams of a Unified EU?», European Political Science (EPS). Vol. 3, Num. 1 (2003), pp.25-29
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «The Failed Liberalisation of Algeria and the International Context: a Legacy of Stable Authoritarianism», Journal of North African Studies. Vol. 7, Num. 4 (2002), pp.23-43
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et 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 (Num). 4, 2002, pp.119-142
  • Cavatorta, Francesco. «Geopolitical challenges to the success of democracy in North Africa: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco», Democratization Vol. 8. Num. 4 (2001), pp.175-194
  • Cavatorta, Francesco.« The role of the Northern League in Transforming the Italian political system: from economic federalism to ethnic politics and back », Contemporary Politics. Vol. 7, Num.1 (2001), pp.27-40

Chapitres d’ouvrages collectifs :

  • Cavatorta, Francesco.« Historical/geopolitical turning points in the modern Mediterranean: Cold War, Post-Cold War and Arab Spring » dans Handbook of Mediterranean Politics, sous la direction de Gillespie, Richard et Frederic Volpi. Routledge, 2017
  • Cavatorta, Francesco.« Conclusion » dans Global, Regional and Local Dimensions of Western Sahara’s Protracted Decolonization, sous la direction de Ojeda, Raquel, Irene Fernandez Molina et Victoria Veguilla. Palgrave, 2017
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Paola Rivetti.« Function of Political trust in authoritarian settings » dans Sonja Zmerli and Tom van der Meer (eds.), Handbook of Political Trust, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016.
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Paola Rivetti.« EU foreign policy and the Middle East » dans The SAGE handbook of European Foreign Policy, sous la direction de Jorgensen, Knud Erik, Aasne Kalland Aarstad, Edith Drieskens, Katie Laatikainen, et Ben Tonra. SAGE, 2015.
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Emanuela Dalmosso.« Islamist Women’s Leadership in Morocco »,dans Gender, Conservatism and Political Representation, sous la direction de Celis, Karen et Sarah Childs. Colchester, ECPR Press, 2014
  • Cavatorta, Francesco et Rikke Hostrup Haugbølle.« Islamism in Tunisia before and after the Arab Spring » dans Popular Protest in the New Middle East, sous la direction de Knudsen, Are et Basem Hezbidi. Londres, IB Tauris, 2014

Chercheur(se) principal(e) :

  • « The role of transnational advocacy networks in Tunisian transition to democracy » (2017), Subvention, MITACS Inc., Bourse de recherche Mitacs Globalink
  • « Épreuves d’État et épreuves de la Police en Tunisie » (2016), Subvention, MITACS Inc., Bourse de recherche Mitacs Globalink
  • « Institut québécois des hautes études internationales (HEI) » (2014-2020), Subvention, Institutionnel – BDR, Institut d’études supérieures
  • « Examine political parties in Tunisia (La modération des partis politiques islamistes) » (2014)
  • « Examine the rise of Salafism in the wake of the Arab Awakening (Le Salafisme dans le monde arabe après le printemps arabe) » (2013-2014), Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Co-chercheur(se) :

  • « To examine social and political transformations in the Arab world following the Arab Spring (Transformations politiques et sociales dans le monde arabe) » (2013-2016), European Union – FP 7
  • « Two-day conference on geo-strategic developments in the Middle East and Africa » (2014), Conseil de recherche en science humaine, avec Prof. Marie Brossier

Axes de recherche au sein du Ciram

  • Doctorat en science politique, Trinity College, Dublin (Irlande)
  • Maîtrise en relations internationales, Syracuse University, Syracuse (États-Unis)
Champs de spécialisation
  • Démocratisation et autoritarisme dans le monde arabe
  • Partis politiques et mouvements islamistes
  • Relations internationale du monde arabe
  • Dynamiques de la société civile
Activités institutionnelles
Cours enseignés

  • Introduction aux relations internationales (POL-1005), Université Laval, Québec (Canada)
  • L’Islam politique dans le monde arabe (POL-2328), Université Laval, Québec (Canada)
  • Analyse qualitative (POL-7003), Université Laval, Québec (Canada)
  • Politique et conflits au Moyen-Orient (POL-7064), Université Laval, Québec (Canada)


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