Dialectical Anthropology

, Volume 37, Issue 3–4, pp 463–469 | Cite as

Business networks in Syria: the political economy of authoritarian resilience

  • Jamee K. Moudud

This review of Bassam Haddad’s Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience relates this book to larger questions regarding the state, power, and economic policy. The author suggests that the theoretical lessons of this book raise serious questions about neoliberal and most heterodox policy prescriptions both of which, ironically, make the same assumption about the state.

While neoliberal policies have established their dominance over the last 30 years, the onset of the so-called Great Financial Crisis has accelerated the challenge posed by the policy proposals of heterodox economists. Broadly speaking, these heterodox policies involve “bringing the state back in” to promote social democratic policies, i.e., the expansion of social protection mechanisms in the context of private investment. In the developing country context, this has involved discussions regarding the construction of a developmental welfare state (DWS) (Riesco 2007; Sandbrook et al. 2007)....


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsSarah Lawrence CollegeBronxvilleUSA

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