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Social Dictatorships: The Political Economy of the Welfare State in the Middle East and North Africa

Ferdinand Eibl

Abstract

Why have social spending levels and social policy trajectories diverged so drastically across labour-abundant MENA regimes? And how can we explain the persistence of social spending after divergence? This books sets out to answer both questions. Itdevelops a theory about the emergence of authoritarian welfare states, arguing that autocratic leaders need both the incentives and the abilities to distribute welfare for authoritarian welfare states to emerge. The former are shaped by coalition-building dynamics at the onset of regime formation while the latter are conditioned by the external envir ... More

Keywords: Middle East and North Mrica, welfare states, social policy, distributive politics, authoritarianism, war, oil, natural resources, Tunisia, Egypt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198834274
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198834274.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ferdinand Eibl, author
Lecturer in Political Economy, King's College London, UK