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A political economy of the Middle East /
Alan Richards, John Waterbury.
edition
3rd ed.
imprint
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, c2008.
description
xviii, 474 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0813343488 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780813343488 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, c2008.
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0813343488 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780813343488 (pbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6408948
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 415-450) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Alan Richards is professor of economics and environmental studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz John Waterbury is president of the American University of Beirut
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1997-03-01:
Writing a textbook on the political economy of a region as diverse as the Middle East and keeping it up to date with new theoretical concerns, statistics, and events is a formidable task. Richards and Waterbury successfully presented a comprehensive study of the Middle East economies in the first edition of this book (CH, Nov'90). The undergraduates in this reviewer's seminar on the political economy of the Middle East found the book interesting, informative, and challenging, and many Middle East scholars have found it an indispensable reference source. This second edition is just as successful. Although revised, updated, and 50 pages shorter, the structure of the book remains intact. The analysis is in the context of the authors' triangular model of "structural transformation," "state structure and policy," and "social actors." Social actors have replaced "class" as the third vertex of the triangle, and a new chapter titled "Is Islam the Solution?" has replaced the "Class Interest and the State" chapter. The central analytical concern of the volume is the role of the state in the development process in the Middle East, where, in fact, it has had an overwhelming role. Each chapter is also a superb analysis of an issue of its own, e.g., population growth, human capital, and labor migration. This outstanding book is a must for any library collection. S. Behdad Denison University
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Summaries
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This integrated, analytic text presents a comprehensive analysis of the transformation of the political economy of the entire contemporary Middle East region over the past several decades.
Main Description
This integrated, analytic text presents a comprehensive analysis of the transformation of the political economy of development in the contemporary Middle East over the past several decades. Extensively rewritten and revised, the third edition of A Political Economy of the Middle East retains a focus on the interaction of economic development processes, state systems, and social actors even as it also: Documents the many changes in demography, education, labor markets, urbanization, water and agriculture, and international labor migration in the Middle East in recent years; Considers the effect of rising oil prices on reinforcement of authoritarian governance in the region; Refines its assessment of "the Washington Consensus" to provide a more nuanced approach to the issue of the shifting balance of state and market in economic growth and reform (in an entirely rewritten Chapter 9); Presents Islamism as a vital force in the region that is nonetheless a vast, diverse social movement with many conflicting participants (in a wholly revised Chapter 14).
Main Description
This integrated, analytic text presents a comprehensive analysis of the transformation of the political economy of development in the contemporary Middle East over the past several decades. Extensively rewritten and revised, the third edition of A Political Economy of the Middle East retains a focus on the interaction of economic development processes, state systems, and social actors even as it also: Documents the many changes in demography, education, labor markets, urbanization, water and agriculture, and international labor migration in the Middle East in recent years; Considers the effect of rising oil prices on reinforcement of authoritarian governance in the region; Refines its assessment of "the Washington Consensus" to provide a more nuanced approachto the issue of the shifting balance of state and market in economic growth and reform (in an entirely rewritten Chapter 9); Presents Islamism as a vital force in the region that is nonetheless a vast, diverse social movement with many conflicting participants (in a wholly revised Chapter 14).
Main Description
This integrated, analytic text presents a comprehensive analysis of the transformation of the political economy of development in the contemporary Middle East over the past several decades. Extensively rewritten and revised, the third edition ofA Political Economy of the Middle Eastretains a focus on the interaction of economic development processes, state systems, and social actors even as it also: Documents the many changes in demography, education, labor markets, urbanization, water and agriculture, and international labor migration in the Middle East in recent years; Considers the effect of rising oil prices on reinforcement of authoritarian governance in the region; Refines its assessment of "the Washington Consensus" to provide a more nuanced approach to the issue of the shifting balance of state and market in economic growth and reform (in an entirely rewritten Chapter 9); Presents Islamism as a vital force in the region that is nonetheless a vast, diverse social movement with many conflicting participants (in a wholly revised Chapter 14).
Main Description
This integrated, analytic text presents a comprehensive analysis of the transformation of the political economy of development in the contemporary Middle East over the past several decades. Extensively rewritten and revised, the third edition of A Political Economy of the Middle East retains a focus on the interaction of economic development processes, state systems, and social actors even as it also: Documents the many changes in demography, education, labor markets, urbanization, water and agriculture, and international labor migration in the Middle East in recent years; Considers the effect of rising oil prices on reinforcement of authoritarian governance in the region; Refines its assessment of the "Washington Consensus" to provide a more nuanced approach to the issue of the shifting balance of state and market in economic growth and reform (in an entirely rewritten Chapter 9); Presents Islamism as a vital force in the region that is nonetheless a vast, diverse social movement with many conflicting participants (in a wholly revised Chapter 14). Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Preface to the Third Editionp. xiii
Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Notesp. 6
The Framework of the Studyp. 7
Economic Growth and Structural Transformationp. 9
State Structure and Development Policyp. 20
Social Actorsp. 35
Structural Transformation and Interest Formationp. 36
Defensive Modernization and Colonial Transformationp. 39
Conclusionp. 42
Notesp. 42
Economic Growth and Structural Changep. 44
The Natural Resource Basep. 46
Oil Supply, Demand, and Economic Rentsp. 50
Patterns of Economic Growthp. 57
Conclusionp. 65
Notesp. 69
The Impact of Demographic Changep. 71
Comparative Demographic Patternsp. 72
The Economic Consequences of Demographic Changep. 84
The Politics of Young Populationsp. 89
The Politics of Differential Fertilityp. 90
Rapid Population Growth and the Would-Be Middle Classp. 94
Conclusionp. 96
Notesp. 97
Human Capital: Health, Education, and Labor Marketsp. 98
Health Conditionsp. 99
Educational Systemsp. 112
Labor Marketsp. 133
Conclusionp. 141
Notesp. 142
Water and Food Securityp. 144
The Food Gapp. 147
Policy Constraints to Output Growthp. 156
Water and the Imperative of a New Food Security Strategyp. 165
Conclusionp. 176
Notesp. 177
The Emergence of the Public Sectorp. 179
The State as Architect of Structural Transformationp. 180
Ataturk and the Turkish Paradigmp. 181
Replicating the Paradigmp. 185
State Capitalism, the State Bourgeoisie, and the Process of Accumulationp. 206
Notesp. 209
Contradictions of State-Led Growthp. 211
The Continued Dominance of Public-Sector Enterprisep. 215
The Political Economy of "Structural Adjustment,"p. 218
Notesp. 227
Re-Mixing Market and State: The Uncertain Career of the "Washington Consensus"p. 228
A Survey of Country Experiencesp. 233
Conclusionp. 260
Notesp. 261
Urban Political Economyp. 264
The Process of Urbanizationp. 268
Housing and Infrastructurep. 270
Poverty and Distribution of Incomep. 274
Urban Politics and Political Violencep. 280
Notesp. 287
Political Regimes: As Viewed By Themselves and Othersp. 289
Socialist Republicsp. 291
"Liberal" Monarchiesp. 311
Established and Would-Be Democraciesp. 316
The Islamic Republicsp. 320
Future Regimes: Some Speculationsp. 322
Notesp. 324
Solidarism and Its Enemiesp. 325
Small Groups and Clientelist Politicsp. 326
The Failure of Partiesp. 328
The Tenets of Solidarismp. 330
The Failure of Ideologyp. 338
The Islamist Challengep. 339
Democracy Without Democrats?p. 341
Conclusionp. 343
Notesp. 343
The Military and the Statep. 344
The Military in Middle East Politicsp. 344
Good Guys or Bad Guys?p. 348
The Economic Weight of the Militaryp. 349
The Military and Nation Buildingp. 357
The Regular Military and Civilians-in-Armsp. 358
Conclusionp. 360
Notesp. 361
Is Islam the Solution?p. 362
Preliminariesp. 362
Islamism as a Social Movement: Coalitions of Social Actorsp. 365
Islamism as a Social Movement: Collective Actionp. 368
Islamist Economic Thought and Practicep. 372
Islamists in Powerp. 378
Conclusionp. 382
Notesp. 383
Regional Economic Integration and Labor Migrationp. 385
Labor Migration: An Overviewp. 388
The First Stream: To the European Unionp. 389
The Second Stream: To the Gulfp. 390
The Impact of Labor Migration on Sending Countriesp. 394
The Impact of Migration on Receiving Countriesp. 402
Conclusionp. 405
Notesp. 405
Conclusionp. 407
Referencesp. 415
Indexp. 451
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