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The political economy of Syria under Asad /
Volker Perthes.
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : In the United States and Canada distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1995.
298 p. ; 23 cm.
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London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : In the United States and Canada distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1995.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 274-290) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-01-01:
This clearly written and well-presented account by the leading European scholar of contemporary Syria is the definitive account on Syrian economics and an important source on its politics and society. Only one of the six sections is on economic performance per se, although the other sections (on social division, the political structure, and political decision making, plus an introduction and conclusion) view issues largely through the lens of economics. Foreign policy is confined to the concluding section, which has a solid but brief discussion of the domestic implications of the confrontation with Israel; intervention in Lebanon gets less analysis. Similar brief treatment is given to ethnic or religious factors; the emphasis on class over other social divisions means that there is relatively little discussion of the tensions between the Sunni majority and the Alawite community from which most of the ruling elite stems. The discussion of class issues is primarily empirical (e.g., tracing what has happened to the rural poor and how the distribution of income has changed) rather than the theoretical discussions that preoccupy the other main political economist writing on modern Syria, Raymond Hinnebusch, in Peasant and Bureaucracy in Ba'thist Syria (1989) and Authoritarian Power and State Formation in Ba'thist Syria (CH, Nov'90). Perthes demonstrates mastery over Syrian sources, as well as the full range of Western literature. Upper-division undergraduate through professional. P. Clawson National Defense University
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Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figure
List of Abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
The Emergence and Transformation of a Statist Economyp. 23
Social Structure and Class Relationsp. 80
The Structure of Authoritarianismp. 133
Economic Policies and Political Decision-Makingp. 203
Conclusion: Authoritarian Adjustment and the Prospects of Political Developmentp. 250
Bibliographyp. 274
Indexp. 291
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