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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2006

GOV 390L • Political Economy of the Middle East

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39995 W
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
BAT 1.104

Course Description

Are the MENA states as presently configured are capable of implementing innovative and rewarding development strategies? How will they be integrated into the global economy, and with what political as well as economic consequences? This seminar will survey theories and practices of economic development in the Middle East and North Africa, responding to the challenges of globalization. The evolving guidelines of the "Washington Consensus" shared by the United States, the European Community, and international financial institutions, will be analyzed in light of the region's political and economic realities and contrasted with other approaches to development articulated by regional and international actors. Special attention will be paid to the evolution of financial systems in the region. You will acquire detailed understandings of at least two regimes and their respective approaches to economic development in light of their regional and international positions and domestic political strategies.

Grading Policy

Oral presentations with one-page handouts: 10% each. Paper: 20% first draft plus 40% final draft Quality (not quantity!) of discussion in class or via internet: 10%


(Subject to change) *Abel's Course Packet (715 23rd St - University Towers parking - come with your syllabus and student ID) Ray Bush, Counter Revolution in Egypt's Countryside : land and farmers in the era of economic reform, London: Zed, 2002. Chaudhry, Kiren, The Price of Wealth (Cornell, 1997). Henry and Springborg, Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East (Cambridge UP, 2001) Michael B. Hudson, ed., Middle East Dilemma: the Politics and Economics of Arab Integration (Columbia UP, 1999). Volker Perthes, The Political Economy of Syria Under Asad (I.B. Tauris, 1997). A. Richards and J. Waterbury, Political Economy of the Middle East , 2nd ed. (Westview, 1996) Gregory White, A Comparative Political Economy of Tunisia and Morocco: On the Outside of Europe Looking In, Albany: SUNY 2001.


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