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Algeria Modern: From Opacity to Complexity

Luis Martinez and Rasmus Alenius Boserup


For decades, Algeria has been depicted as an inaccessible, opaque, rentier state and under the control of secret intelligence agencies and inaccessible “cartels” and “clans”. While that analysis is partly true, this book contends that the analytical emphasis on opacity risks missing how much the country has changed since the 1990s: the new transparency of the interest groups that govern the country; the competing notions of economic development within key financial institutions; the impact of non-revolutionary contentious politics; the micro-politics of the changing attitudes of the country’s ... More

Keywords: Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Contentious politics, Rentier state, Secret intelligence services, Political opacity, Urban youth, Islamism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190491536
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190491536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luis Martinez, editor
CERI/Sciences Po

Rasmus Alenius Boserup, editor
Danish Institute for International Studies

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