How Capitalism Failed the Arab World : The Economic Roots and Precarious Future of the Middle East Uprisings
A unique and provocative analysis of some of the key social and political events of the last decade.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 138 x 216 x 17.78mm | 294.84g
- 06 Mar 2014
- ZED BOOKS LTD
- London, United Kingdom
- New ed
- black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
Other books in this series
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01 Dec 2014
06 Mar 2014
09 Apr 2013
Table of contents
1. A Brave New Middle East: The Birth of a New Era
2. The Anti-Development State: Economic Origins of Arab Upheavals
3. The Advent of Economic Globalization: A Prelude to Crisis
4. The Great Recession: The Collapse of Arab Crony Capitalism
5. The New Power Brokers: Political Islam and the Arab Summer
6. Gulf Exceptionalism: How the Monarchies have Reshaped the Arab Spring
7. Peering into the Abyss: The Arab Spring at the Crossroads
8. Where Do We Go From Here? Finding the True Path to an Arab Spring
Richard Falk, Princeton University
'How Capitalism Failed the Arab World is an intellectually and morally courageous analysis of how the interplay between global capitalist forces and local tyrannies fuelled one national uprising after another. This ambitiously conceived study takes us through the modern history of the Middle East with critical acumen and a careful eye for both global dynamics and local detail. Written with considerable flair and enthusiasm, How Capitalism Failed the Arab World is extremely relevant in understanding not only the roots of the Arab Spring, but also the challenges and predicaments, trials and tribulations, that have continued to unfold in its complex path of development.'
Alamin Mazrui, Rutgers University
'An extremely timely book which shows how globalization and capitalism have failed the Arab world, driven by crony capitalism and resulting in economic growth which was neither pro-poor nor inclusive. The author argues that the upshot was the Arab Spring, the aftermath of which now provides an opportune moment to reappraise development policy in the region.'
Jane Harrigan, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
'Richard Javad Heydarian examines the impact of globalization in the Arab world. He skilfully argues that the structural causes of the Arab Spring revolutions stem from aggressive economic liberization and political repression that created a predatory form of capitalism, allowing autocratic regimes to maintain systems of patronage that exclude the masses. How Capitalism Failed the Arab World is a fundamental read for those interested in understanding the intersections of global economics and national politics in the contemporary world.'
Alcinda Honwana, The Open University
'This work is very much needed and timely given the ongoing upheavals in the region and the disappointment experienced by the majority of its population in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. It is a well-written, well-argued and well-documented book that provides a fresh look at this very complex phenomenon.'
Tareq Ismael, University of Calgary
'Heydarian's book illustrates how the capitalist promises and experimentation in several Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa have turned out to be liabilities rather than benefits, especially in the pursuit of their economic development and political democratization.'
Henelito A. Sevilla, University of the Philippines Diliman
About Richard Javad Heydarian
He is a specialist on foreign policy and economic development issues, he has served as a consultant to various local and international institutions.