Networks of Privilege in the Middle East: The Politics of Economic Reform Revisited

  • Steven Heydemann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Steven Heydemann
      Pages 1-34
  3. State—Business Networks and the Politics of Economic Reform

  4. Fiscality, Economic Reform, and the Role of Networks

  5. The Limits of Network-Based Approaches

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 297-334

About this book


This volume explores the role of informal networks in the politics of Middle Eastern economic reform. The editor's introduction demonstrates how network-based models overcome limitations in existing approaches to the politics of economic reform. The following chapters show how business-state networks in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan have affected privatization programs and the reform of fiscal policies. They help us understand patterns and variation in the organization and outcome of economic reform programs, including the opportunities that economic reforms offered for reorganizing networks of economic privilege across the Middle East.


Policy politics privatization reforms

Editors and affiliations

  • Steven Heydemann
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityUSA

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