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A Political Economy of the Middle East


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This integrated, analytic text presents a comprehensive analysis of the transformation of the political economy of development in the contemporary Middle East over the past several decades. Extensively rewritten and revised, the third edition of A Political Economy of the Middle East retains a focus on the interaction of economic development processes, state systems, and social actors even as it also: Documents the many changes in demography, education, labor markets, urbanization, water and agriculture, and international labor migration in the Middle East in recent years; Considers the effect of rising oil prices on reinforcement of authoritarian governance in the region; Refines its assessment of “the Washington Consensus” to provide a more nuanced approach to the issue of the shifting balance of state and market in economic growth and reform (in an entirely rewritten Chapter 9); Presents Islamism as a vital force in the region that is nonetheless a vast, diverse social movement with many conflicting participants (in a wholly revised Chapter 14).

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In their political economy of the Middle East, Richards (economics and environmental studies, U. of California at Santa Cruz, US) and Waterbury (president, American U. of Beirut, Lebanon) focus on major thematic problems of social and economic transformation rather than focus on specific countries. Their analysis centers on the interaction of strategies of economic transformation, state agencies and actors seeking to implement said strategies, and social actors that react to and are shaped by the above, thus addressing questions of the nature of the state, the emergence of economic interests, and the effects of various development strategies. Individual chapters address economic growth and structural change; the impact of demographic change; health, education, and labor markets; water and food security; the emergence of the public sector; contradictions of state-led growth; the "Washington Consensus" and the market-state mix; urban political economy; political regimes as viewed by themselves and others; solidarism and its enemies; the military and the state; Islamism; and regional economic integration and labor migration. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


A comprehensive analysis of the interactions of economic development, state systems, and social actors as factors promoting or blocking change in the Middle East

About the Author

Alan Richards is professor of economics at the University of California at Santa Cruz. John Waterbury is William Stewart Tod Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Product Details

Richards, Alan
Westview Press
Waterbury, John
Economic Policy
Middle East - General
Working class
Development - Economic Development
Economic Conditions
Middle East
Middle East Politics and government 1979-
Middle East Economic conditions 1979-
Politics - General
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Third Edition, Third Edition
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9 x 6 in 22 oz

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