Businessmen, Clientelism, and Authoritarianism in Egypt

Businessmen, Clientelism, and Authoritarianism in Egypt

by Safinaz El Tarouty

Hardcover(1st ed. 2015)

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After the ousting of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, much debate surrounded the reasons for the former regime's longevity and its collapse. Here, Safinaz El Tarouty provides an original contribution to the study of authoritarianism in Egypt by focusing on the role of businessmen in authoritarian survival. As the regime intensified neoliberal economic reforms that led to social deprivation and frustration among increasing numbers of Egyptian citizens, they co-opted businessmen in order to defuse challenges and buttress the regime, constructing a new political economy of authoritarianism. Extending the existing literature on clientelism, El Tarouty creates a typology of regime-businessmen relations to describe the multiple mechanisms of co-option in the context of economic liberalization. Ultimately, though, these businessmen proved too narrow a constituency to provide legitimacy to the regime and, in fact, formed one of the reasons for its collapse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137493378
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 09/10/2015
Edition description: 1st ed. 2015
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Safinaz El Tarouty holds a BA and MA from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and a PhD in Politics from the University of East Anglia, UK.

Table of Contents

1. The Uprising, Authoritarianism and Political Transformation
2. Egyptian Businessmen in a Historical Perspective
3. Parliamentary Businessmen 
4. The Social Networks of the Mubarak Family and the Businessmen
5. Businessmen in the Opposition

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