Iran experts are discussing a recently published book by sociologist Kevan Harris on the welfare state in Iran.
Historical sociologist Kevan Harris has devoted several years to fieldwork on social changes in Iran since the 1979 revolution. His recent book, Politics and the Welfare State in Iran, provides new insights on the role of social welfare organizations over the nearly four decades since the fall of the Shah. In this podcast Harris was interviewed by George Washington University's Project on Middle East Political Science (POMECS), discussing how the growth of the welfare state catalyzed the growth of an upwardly-mobile professional class that now challenges the state for political power.
The book has also been reviewed by Foreign Affairs and the Social Sciences Research Council.