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Social Policy in the Middle East
Economic, Political, and Gender Dynamics
 
 
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29 Nov 2005
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Countries of the Middle East and North Africa, like other developing countries, are being transformed under the forces of globalization. The old economic models and strategies have been questioned and largely abandoned. New socio-economic relations are being forged, but no coherent vision and strategy of development is yet in place. Since the 1980s, and in the so-called post oil boom era, most countries in the region have been facing a crisis of integration in the global economy. In the large and growing literature on economic reform in the MENA region, social policy has often taken a back seat. It is treated as a residual, or an afterthought to economic reform, in the shape of safety nets or safeguards to reintegrate the marginalized groups who are dislocated by the reform process. In contrast, this book shows that gender-sensitive social policy is likely to play a critical role both in the resolution of social conflicts during the present transition period, and in the formation and long term functioning of the new economic systems that are taking shape. This volume brings the social back in as a central theme in the analysis of economic reform in the MENA region.


Description

Countries of the Middle East and North Africa, like other developing countries, are being transformed under the forces of globalization. The old economic models and strategies have been questioned and largely abandoned. New socio-economic relations are being forged, but no coherent vision and strategy of development is yet in place. Since the 1980s, and in the so-called post oil boom era, most countries in the region have been facing a crisis of integration in the global economy. In the large and growing literature on economic reform in the MENA region, social policy has often taken a back seat. It is treated as a residual, or an afterthought to economic reform, in the shape of safety nets or safeguards to reintegrate the marginalized groups who are dislocated by the reform process. In contrast, this book shows that gender-sensitive social policy is likely to play a critical role both in the resolution of social conflicts during the present transition period, and in the formation and long term functioning of the new economic systems that are taking shape. This volume brings the social back in as a central theme in the analysis of economic reform in the MENA region.


Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
Preface and Acknowledgements
Social Policy in the Middle East: Introduction and Overview; M.Karshenas & V.M.Moghadam
Social Policy and Development in Tunisia since Independence: A Political Perspective; M.B.Romdhan
Algeria: Crisis, Transition, and Social Policy Outcomes; A.Layachi
Social Policy in Morocco: History, Politics, and Social Development; M.Ennaji
The Political Economy of Social Policy in Egypt; A.Bayat
Social Policies and Distributional Dynamics in Turkey: 1923-2002; K.Boratav & M.Özugurlu
Constitutionalism, Modernization, and Islamization: The Political Economy of Social Policy in Iran; M.Messkoub
Gender and Social Policy: Family Law and Women's Economic Citizenship in the Middle East; V.M.Moghadam
Index


Authors

MASSOUD KARSHENAS is Professor of Economics at the University of London, UK and the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, the Netherlands.

VALENTINE M. MOGHADAM is Director of Women's Studies and Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University, USA (on leave) and Chief of Gender Equality and Development Section in the Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO, France.