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The Political Economy of Syria Under Asad - Volker Perthes

The Political Economy of Syria Under Asad

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Syria under Asad has been one of the key regional powers of the Middle East. Though its political development has been a much-debated subject, there has been no comprehensive study in English of the country's political economy and its evolution since 1970 to the present day.

Beginning with an account of economic development and of changing development strategies, Perthes discusses the factors which in the late 1980s precipitated a change in direction from the socialist orientation of the earlier Ba'thist years to "infitah" and a larger role for the private sector. He pays particular attention to class structure and class-state relations and examines the nature of the state, the political structure and the mechanisms and dynamics of political decision-making.

Addressing the issue of the interplay between economic transformation and political change, Perthes argues that, although a shift in the power structure will not occur under Asad, his regime has created the institutions which will allow a reasonably smooth succession and a creation of a less personalized and more participatory political order.

Introduction: historical developments and literature on contemporary Syria
Research interests and basic assumptions
Sources and data
Plan of study
The emergence and transformation of a statist economy: macro-economic variables and imbalances
Development approaches and public-sector economy
State and private economy
Patterns and phases of liberalization
Conclusion
Prospects and limits of economic change
Social structure and class relations: rural relations
Urban society
Conclusion
Social structures and political alliances
The structure of authoritarianism: institution-building and political development
An overview
The institutional framework
Representation and control
Front parties, the legislative and popular organizations
Conclusion
Patrimonialism, authoritarianism rule and the strong state
Economic policies and political decision-making: the absence of external interference
The institutional and procedural framework
The style of economic-policy formation
Conclusion
Economic reform and patterns of incorporation
Conclusion
Authoritarian adjustment and the prospects of political development: adjustment and control
Economic liberalization and political change
Domestic control and regional role
Asad and after?
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ISBN: 9781860641923
ISBN-10: 186064192X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 15th November 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition