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Economic Geography

A New Arab Social Contract?

Institutional Perspectives for Economic Reform in Arab Countries

Authors: Benner, Maximilian

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  • Offers a unique conceptual bridge between economic geography and Middle Eastern political economy
  • Applies economic geography theory to Arab economies
  • Delivers a policy-relevant update and comprehensive combination of different regulation approaches
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This monograph offers a unique conceptual bridge between economic geography and Middle Eastern political economy. Arab economies are confronted with enormous structural difficulties such as high rates of youth unemployment in a challenging demographic context, exacerbated by intense spatial disparities. These structural problems demonstrate the breakdown of the "Arab social contract", a social arrangement centered on a strong role of the state in welfare and employment provision, for which regimes demanded acquiescence to authoritarian rule.

The book argues that the Arab social contract can be understood in terms of regulation theories known in economic geography and sociology. It uses the approaches such as the regulation school, national systems of innovation, social systems of production, and varieties of capitalism to analyze the structural difficulties of Arab economies and current reform efforts. The basic assumption is that Arab economies are currently faced with a structural crisis. After the breakdown of the Arab social contract, there is a mismatch between the economic and institutional spheres of society. The challenge is for Arab societies to develop new forms of socio-institutional regulation.

The book proposes ways towards such new modes of regulation by developing a framework for regulation specifically targeted towards Arab societies, and by applying it to the cases of Tunisia and Jordan.


About the authors

Maximilian Benner is an economist and economic geographer with a focus on regional and innovation policies in Mediterranean countries. His research addresses subjects such as clusters, smart specialization, entrepreneurship support, industrial policy, tourism development, EU cohesion policy, and the role of institutions in regional development. He has taught at various universities including Vienna University, Heidelberg University, and Hafen City University. In addition, he worked as consultant for international donors in several Mediterranean countries, including in projects on regional development in Tunisia.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover 145,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19269-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A New Arab Social Contract?
Book Subtitle
Institutional Perspectives for Economic Reform in Arab Countries
Authors
Series Title
Economic Geography
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19270-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19270-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-19269-3
Series ISSN
2520-1417
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 192
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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