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Political Economies of the Middle East and North Africa

Paperback By Robert Springborg
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Despite its oil wealth, the Middle East and North Africa is economically stagnating. Growth rates are comparatively unfavorable and insufficient to substantially improve citizens’ lives. Whether this economic inertia can be overcome or will continue into the indefinite future is a vital question that confronts both the region and the world.

  In this book leading Middle East scholar Robert Springborg discusses the economic future of this region by examining the national and regional political causes of its contemporary underperformance.

  Overgrown, weak MENA states, he explains, have been unable to escape their unfavorable historical legacies. “Limited access orders” and the deep states based in the means of coercion that underpin them undermine state capacities and constrain beneficial, autonomous political and economic activity. Increasingly challenged by their populations, MENA states face the daunting and so far unmet challenge of diversifying non-sustainable, rentier political economies away from direct or indirect dependence on oil and gas revenues.

  Stagnation of those revenues and failure to generate alternative income sources, combined with rapid population growth, presents the region with an economic challenge that can only be overcome by profound political change.

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Format: Paperback, 247 pages Language: English
Dimension: 22.86cm x 15.24cm x 2.29cm ISBN10: 1509535608
Weight: 431g ISBN13: 9781509535606
Publication Date: 07 Feb 2020 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Robert Springborg is Professor (ret) of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, and Non-resident Research Fellow, Italian Institute of International Affairs

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ÂThe state-of-the-art big picture analysis of where MENA is and how it got there.

 Glenn E. Robinson, Naval Postgraduate School ÂOvercoming the rigid dichotomy between area studies and disciplinary social science, Robert Springborg has accomplished a rare feat: a theoretically grounded investigation of Middle East political economies that is nonetheless rooted in a deep understanding of national histories and social contexts. His investigation of deep states and Âlimited access orders in the region will benefit both students and researchers for many years to come.

 Steffen Hertog, London School of Economics and Political Science ÂA work of magisterial scope that simultaneously drills down into the bedrock of constraints and challenges that subvert prosperity in the Middle East today. Attuned to the political determinants of economic performance, SpringborgÂs book brings the reader completely up-to-date on regionÂs contemporary economic quandaries.

 Eva Bellin, Brandeis University


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