21 February 2012
The Centre for Development Policy and Research is pleased to announce the publication of Development Viewpoint #70 “Deficient Social Policies Have Helped Spark the Arab Spring”. The authors, Randa Alami and Massoud Karshenas of the Economics Department at SOAS, argue that the long-standing social welfare regimes implemented by autocratic regimes in the Arab region have become increasingly incapable of effectively counteracting the adverse effects of globalization and economic reform. If the ‘Arab Spring’ movements in the region are hoping to achieve social justice, these outdated and authoritarian ‘social contracts’ will have to be radically reformed.
For other Development Viewpoints on the Arab Spring see:
- Development Viewpoint #65 “Jordan’s Paradox of Growth without Employment: A Microcosm of the Middle East”, by Sahar Taghdisi Rad
- Development Viewpoint #64 “Egypt’s ‘Orderly Economic Transition’: Accelerated Structural Adjustment under a Democratic Veneer?", by Adam Hanieh