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


This collection of essays by leading academics focuses on the participation of Arab states in neo-liberal globalization. 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 toward 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.

Output of the research project on "The Dynamics of Change in the Arab World", conducted by the IAI in cooperation with the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (SIIA-UI) of Stockholm.

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