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Palgrave Macmillan

The Arab Spring in the Global Political Economy

ISBN 9781137272188
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series International Political Economy Series

The present book studies the impact of globalization on regionalization and the crisis of the Nation State from a distinct International Political Economy perspective, with particular attention to the dynamics of the MENA area, especially Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. Although it is still early for an established academic account of the motivations behind the dramatic events in the Arab world in 2010/11, Leila Simona Talani believes that it is about time to try and place this issue into the broader picture of the latest changes in the global political economy. It seems indeed inappropriate to emphasize the sudden nature of the 'Arab Spring' when so many of the latest events in the MENA region were already pointing towards a soon-to-come crisis. These events, in turn, cannot be disentangled from the wider contexts of the global political economy and globalization, where the political economy origins of the Arab Spring need to be sought. The theoretical aim of the book is, first, to understand the problem of regionalization, both political and economic, in the context of globalization; and, second, to assess the relation between globalization, marginalization and the local more or less violent responses to the loss of power by the state to address economic vulnerabilities and threats of exclusion from the Global Political Economy.

Leila Simona Talani is full Professor of International Political Economy and Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Economy at King's College London, UK. She was previously a lecturer in European Politics at the University of Bath and a research fellow and then lecturer at the European Institute of the London School of Economics. In 2001 she spent a year as Associate Expert on migration issues at the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention in Cairo. Her current research interests focus on globalisation and the future of the Arab Spring as well as the political economy of migration flows from southern Mediterranean countries to the EU. She is the author of Globalization, Hegemony and the Future of the City of London (2011), Europe and the Financial Crisis (with Pompeo Della Posta, 2011), and Dirty Cities: Towards a Political Economy of the Underground in Global Cities (2013) among other titles.

The Events of the Arab Spring
The Academic Rationale: A Qualitative Definition of Globalization and its Impact on the MENA Region
The Structure Of The Book
PART I
1.The Chinese Butterfly and the Arab Spring
2. Bread and Globalisation
3. Bread And The Arab Spring
4. What Is Globalisation?
5. Does Globalisation Exist?
6. Skeptics
7. Globalists
8. Quantitative definition
9. Realists
10. Liberal Institutionalists (Transformationalists)
11. Qualitative definition
12. What are the Consequences of Globalisation?
13. Can Globalisation be governed?
14. Conclusion: the Three Paradoxes of Globalisation
PART II 
15. The Paradox of Regionalisation Within Globalisation: Some Theoretical Concerns
16. Globalisation and Regionalisation
17. Realism: the Enduring Hegemony of the State Within the 'Triad'
18. Liberal -institutionalism: Regionalism as a Step Towards Cosmopolitanism 
19. Transnationalism: the Regional Dimension of the Global Restructuring of Production
20. How does Regionalisation Take Place? The Mechanisms of Integration in the IPE Theoretical Debate
21. Mainstream Theories of Regional Integration
22. Intergovernmentalist Explanations
23. Neo-functionalist Explanations
24. Critical Approaches to Regional Economic Integration
25. Neo-gramscian Approaches: A Transnational Historical Materialist Theory of Regional Integration
26. Neo-marxist Interpretations of Regionalisation 
27. Neo-constructivism as a Critical Approach to Regional Integration
28. Conclusion
PART III
29. The Paradox of Marginalisation: Globalisation, Marginalisation and Civil Society in the MENA Area 69
30. Introduction
31. Technological Marginalisation
32. Civil Society, Social Capital and Marginalisation
33. Islam and Civil Society
ANNEX 1: Core Indicators on ICT Infrastructure and Access
ANNEX 2: Core Indicators on Access to, and Use of ICT by Households and Individuals
ANNEX 3: Use of ICT by Businesses
ANNEX 4: The ICT Sector and Trade in ICT Goods
PART IV
34. The Economic Marginalisation and Lack of Regionalisation of the MENA Area
35. Introduction
36. The Institutional Dimension of Economic (dis)integration in the MENA Region
37. The Lack of Economic Integration in the MENA Region
38. Investment and Trade Flows
39. Inter-Arab Aid Capital Flows
40. Conclusion
PART V
41. Tunisia: At the Roots of the Arab Spring: Economic Restructuring Without Integration
42. Introduction: It's the Economy Stupid!
43. The Restructuring of the Tunisian Economy
44. The Integration of Tunisia in the Global Political Economy
45. Marginalisation and Extra Regional Migration: the Case of Tunisia
46. Conclusion
PART VI
47. Egypt: From Liberalisation to Marginalisation
48. Introduction
49. The Mother of All Liberalisations!
50. The Marginalisation of Egypt
51. Macroeconomic Indicators of Marginalisation
52. Other Indicators of Marginalisation: Extra-regional Migration and Brain Drain
53. Conclusion
PART VII
54. Libya: The Political Economy of Isolation
55. Introduction
56. The Economic Experiment of Ghadhafi
57. The Political Economy Isolation and the Role of the West
58. Assessing Libya's Economic Marginalisation
59. Conclusion
60. Regionalisation (or lack thereof)
61. Marginalisation
62. Civil Society

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