Economic liberalisation and reform are widely considered as the favourite remedies for the declining economic fortunes of the Middle Eastern and North African states in the past two decades. International economic institutions have been among the main advocates of transition to market-led economies in the region and a force contributing to its realisation. This has placed the state at the centre of the proposed transformations, acting both as an instrument of, and an obstacle to, change. With attempts at liberalisation worldwide spanning over twenty years, the time is ripe for a re-evaluation of its premises and outcome. The essays in this volume debate the political economy of transition and reforms in the Middle East and North Africa, drawing on interdisciplinary approaches and outlooks involving international, regional and national levels of analysis. The three central themes of the book are the rationale and strategies for reform, the processes and outcomes, and the nature of the state in the changing global setting.
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Missing links - institutional capability, policy reform and growth in the MENA region; structural obstacles to economic adjustment in the MENA region - the international trade aspects; from MENA to East Asia and back - lessons of globalisation, crisis and economic reform; the politics of economic liberalization - comparing Egypt and Syria; economic reform and the state in Tunisia; international and regional environments and state transformation in some Arab countries; restructuring the public sector in post-1980 Turkey - an assessment; states, elites and the "management of change"; the Middle Eastern state - repositioning not retreat?; global change, interdependence, and the state autonomy - a view from the MENA region.
Hassan Hakimian and Ziba Moshaver