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Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy

The Political Economy of Investment in Syria

Authors: Matar, Linda

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Linda Matar examines Syria's failure to promote employment-generating investment prior to the uprising. Tackling the thorny issue of the inapplicability of modern investment theory to a developing country, she situates the analysis of investment in Syria in its historical context and examines the socioeconomic structure and political preconditions that set the course of capital accumulation. Matar argues that the class in charge of development, which oversaw the allocation of resources during the Hafiz and Bashar Assad regimes, precipitated a crisis of capital accumulation. Difficult-to-access data and information compiled from fieldwork reveal how neoliberal reforms failed to build productive capacity and instead enriched a few through short-term speculative and mercantile ventures. Productive investment in Syria prior to the uprising lurched downward, and the key related socio-economic variables followed. These deteriorating conditions contributed to the social explosion in 2011. Exploring the poor quality and quantity of investment, this study probes how the cant of the free market served as a veneer behind which the institutional decisions distorted income distribution in a way that would inevitably lead to collapse.

About the authors

Linda Matar is Research Fellow at The National University of Singapore. Her research involves the political economy of the Arab Near East with particular emphasis on Syria. Her recent publications include the article 'Twilight of 'state capitalism' in formerly 'socialist' Arab states' (The Journal of North African Studies, 2013).

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“Taking the determinants of investment, and agency of class, as an analytical lens, Linda Matar weaves an important account of Syria’s political economy under the Ba’th. Of particular value is her demonstration of how the failure of neoliberal policies to channel investment into productive fields and the neglect of the rural poor set the stage for the 2011 uprising.” (Raymond Hinnebusch, Director, Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St. Andrews, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Matar, Linda

    Pages 1-29

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  • Review of the Theoretical Framework on Investment Decisions

    Matar, Linda

    Pages 30-47

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  • Investment Promotion in Developing Countries

    Matar, Linda

    Pages 48-64

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  • Class and State Capitalism in Syria

    Matar, Linda

    Pages 65-90

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  • Investment Liberalisation during the Hafiz Assad Regime: Moving to a ‘Freer’ Market

    Matar, Linda

    Pages 91-106

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eBook 66,99 €
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  • Due: January 9, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-39772-0
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Hardcover 69,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-39771-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Political Economy of Investment in Syria
Authors
Series Title
Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39772-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137397720
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39771-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 184
Topics