Trade Policy and Economic Integration in the Middle East and North Africa: Economic Boundaries in Flux, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Trade Policy and Economic Integration in the Middle East and North Africa

Economic Boundaries in Flux, 1st Edition

Edited by Hassan Hakimian, Jeffrey B Nugent


316 pages

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The recent globalization trends have revived a long-standing interest in regional integration in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Despite numerous attempts to encourage economic integration in MENA in the past few decades, there is broad consensus that progress has been painstakingly slow and the record of economic integration in the MENA region largely beset by failure.

This book examines the impact of recent changes in the world economy on trade policy within the MENA region and its economic relations with the rest of the world. It considers regional integration and prospects for trade blocs; trade liberalization and economic restructuring; resource endowments and employment trends; and changes in economic boundaries, especially as a result of labour migration and regional conflicts.


'Relevant and interesting. I recommend it as a text for applied regional trade as well as for general courses on MENA and economic development.' - Middle East Studies Association

Table of Contents

Part 1: Past Trends and Future Prospects for Growth Part 2: Integration Patterns, Trade Blocs and Regional Policy Part 3: Trade and Restructuring: Lessons and Outcomes Part 4: Resource Endowments, Factor Markets and Employment Issues Part 5: Economic Boundaries in Flux

About the Series

Routledge Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East continues to dominate in the news and current affairs coverage of the media both in global and regional contexts. Despite this growing and intensified interest in recent years, it is widely recognised that the region is largely underrepresented in a range of disciplines in the scholarly and academic domains. 

Routledge is proud to have launched this series since 2003 to widen in-depth analyses and understanding of the economic and political dynamics of this important region. The aim of the series is to publish both specialist and more general titles covering a wide range of issues relating to the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa region. It will feature the latest political economy studies of the Middle East defined to encompass countries from Morocco to Iran.

Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor ([email protected]). The series will be open to single-authored books as well as edited volumes and textbooks.  All manuscripts will be subject to international standards of peer review.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
HISTORY / Middle East / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies