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Rebuilding Devastated Economies in the Middle East

Rebuilding Devastated Economies in the Middle East

New book edited by Leonard Binder based on a research workshop organized and hosted by CNES.

This book analyzes the political obstacles to the adoption of classic strategies of economic recovery and development, as well as the economic consequences of democratic political reforms.  The case studies demonstrate that both “rentierism” and the “democracy deficit” result from a means-end problem rather than an ideological problem.  The contributors focus on the role of the challenged rulers of shaky states where economic devastation has been the consequence of civil strife, often aided and abetted by external influences. But, if there can be no successful rebuilding of devastated economies, without some significant regime change, we seem to be asking these governments to put themselves out of business. 

Contents:

Introduction: Global Perspectives and Regional Realities by Leonard Binder

New and Recurring Forms of Poverty and Inequality in the Arab World by Kiren Chaudhry

Illicit International Transactions: Implications for Reconstruction in Iraq, Palestine, and Algeria by Bradford Dillman

Hydrocarbon Production As a Route to Economic Health: Complex Consequences by Mary Ann Tetreault

Rebuilding without Resolution: The Lebanese Economy and State in the Post-Civil War Period by Samir Makdisi

Warn-Torn or Systematically Distorted? Rebuilding the Algerian Economy by Miriam R. Lowi

No Quick Fix: Foreign Aid and State Performance in Yemen by Sheila Carapico

An MDG-Based Stratedgy for Rebuilding the Post-Conflict Sudanese Economy by Ibrahim Ahmed Elbadawi

Afghanistan: Rebuilding and Transforming a Devastated Economy by Marvin G. Weinbaum

The Road to Civil and Economic Meltdown: Market Fundamentalism and Its Consequences in Iraq by Bassam Yousif

 

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