Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East / Edition 2

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Overview

"At the beginning of the twenty-first century countries in the Middle East and North Africa contend with the threats and opportunities of economic globalization, the driving force of change in the contemporary world. As Clement Henry and Robert Springborg confirm in their straightforward and, at times, irreverent analysis of the region's response to these challenges, it is globalization which is the key to an understanding of economic reform." "Through an investigation of the structures of state and civil society, including financial systems, they also demonstrate that there is a correlation between economic performance and democratization. In other words, the more open and liberal a polity, the more effective is its economy in responding to globalization. By dividing countries in the region into particular categories - military dictatorships, as exemplified by the "bullies" and the "bunker states," and monarchies and conditional democracies - the authors signal their conclusions: that democracies and monarchies have a better chance of benefiting from economic globalization than the bullies and bunkers, but politics stands in the way of necessary reforms, even in the most promising prospects, such as Israel and Turkey." With its up-to-date, original, and incisive approach to the politics and economics of the Middle East and North Africa, this will be an essential purchase for students and policy-makers, and for anyone trying to come to grips with economic globalization generally.
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"Clement Henry and Robert Springborg's book, in particular, represents a serious attempt to build a typology of Arab authoritarianism, and one that maps remarkably well onto the outcomes of the Arab revolts so far...stimulating, innovative, empirically rich and highly relevant for all students of authoritarianism and political transition. " -Steffen Hertong, London School of Economics, Perspectives on Politics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521737449
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/6/2010
  • Series: Contemporary Middle East Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Clement Moore Henry is Professor of Government at the University of Texas, Austin. His publications include The Politics of Islamic Finance (2004) and The Mediterranean Debt Crescent: A Comparative Study of Money and Power in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey (1996).

Robert Springborg is Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. Until August, 2008 he held the MBI Al Jaber Chair in Middle East Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where he also served as Director of the London Middle East Institute. Professor Springborg's publications include Legislative Politics in the Arab World (1999), Mubarak's Egypt: Fragmentation of the Political Order (1989) and Family Power and Politics in Egypt (1982).

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface and acknowledgments
Glossary
Map. The Middle East and North Africa
1 Overview 1
2 The challenges of globalization 30
3 Political capacities and capitalist legacies 62
4 Bunker states 99
5 Bully praetorian states 134
6 Globalizing monarchies 168
7 Fragmented democracies 194
8 Conclusion 223
References 230
Index 241
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