SOAS University of London

Development Viewpoint N.70 has been published

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 If the ‘Arab Spring’ movements in the region are hoping to achieve social justice, these outdated and authoritarian ‘social contracts’ will have to be radically reformed.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: