Privatization and Liberalization in the Middle East

Privatization and Liberalization in the Middle East

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"...a highly original and valuable contribution on an important and most timely topic...No other book on Middle Eastern political economy matches this one in combining clarity of focus and breadth of geographic coverage". (NRobert Bianchi). An international group of specialists take stock of the problems and prospects for privatization of state-run economies and other liberalization efforts in a wide range of countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Although privatization and liberalization are frequently regarded as economic measures, the contributors demonstrate that it is the politics of such reforms that often determines the success or failure of economic policy changes. The countries under review share a variety of economic and political characteristics, yet are sufficiently different in their response to the call for privatization to constitute useful cases for comparative political and economic analysis. Countries studied include Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Algeria. The contributors are Abdel-Monem Said Aly, Laurie A. Brand, Kiren Aziz Chaudhry, Iliya Harik, Fred H. Lawson, Marcie J. Patton, Marsha Pripstein Posusney, Khaled Fouad Sherif, Regina M. Soos, Denis J. Sullivan, and Dirk Vandewalle.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 14mm | 421.85g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253207487
  • 9780253207487

About Iliya Harik

ILIYA HARIK is Professor of Political Science at Indiana University and former Director of the American Research Center in Egypt. He is author of The Political Mobilization of Peasants: A Study of the Egyptian Community and co-editor (with Louis J. Cantori) of Local Politics and Development in the Middle East. DENIS J. SULLIVAN is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University. He is completing a book on private voluntary organizations and development in Egypt.show more

Table of contents

Preface One Privatization: The Issue, the Prospects, and the Fears Iliya Harik Two Extra-State Actors and Privatization in Egypt Denis J. Sullivan Three Privatization in Egypt: The Regional Dimensions Abdel Monem Said Aly Four EgyptOs Liberization Experience and Its Impact on State-Owned Enterprises Khaled Fouad Sherif and Regina M. Soos Five Labor as an Obstacle to Privatization: The Case of Egypt Marsha Pripstein Posusney Six Constraints to Privatization in Turkey Marcie J. Patton Seven Divergent Modes of Economic Liberalization in Syria and Iraq Fred H. Lawson Eight Economic Liberalization in Oil-Exporting Countries: Iraq and Saudi Arabia Kiren Aziz Chaudhry Nine Economic and Political Liberalization in a Rentier Economy: The Case of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Laurie A. Brand Ten Breaking with Socialism: Economic, Liberalization and Privatization in Algeria Dirk Vandewalle Eleven Privatization and Development in Tunisia Iliya Harik Contributors Indexshow more