Rabu, 22 September 2010

The Arab State and Neo Liberal Globalization:The Restructuring of State Power in the Middle East

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Laura Guazzone, Daniela Pioppi
Ithaca, 2009 - 388pages

This collection of essays by leading academics offers an alternative approach to the study of todays Arab states by focusing on their participation in neo-liberal globalization rather than on authoritarianism or Islam. The effects of the restructuring of traditional state power engendered by globalization are analyzed separately, through updated empirical research in the political, economic and security processes of each country considered. Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Saudi Arabia are the case studies selected to represent different paths towards a shared model of new Arab state which, far from representing an exceptional case of resilience against global trends, may be seen in many instances as typifying their effects. This book thus offers both an overall conceptualization of change affecting the Arab states, domestically and in their relations with the international system, and a series of in-depth case studies by country and functional areas. About the contributors Laura Guazzon

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