Algeria in Transition: Reforms and Development Prospects

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Ahmed Aghrout
Psychology Press, 2004 - History - 273 pages
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For more than a decade, Algeria has been experiencing one of the most difficult periods in its post-independence history. Throughout, attempts have been made at political and economic reforms. And until recently, the conduct of these structural reforms proved very slow and of limited scale. The end result has is a multidimensional crisis represented by a paralyzed political system, a stagnant economy and deteriorating social conditions.

Aware of the implications of being left behind, in a world characterized by increasing globalization, the new leadership (from 1999) has voiced its strong commitment to continue and deepen the process of restructuring and pledged its determination to speed up its implementation as well. This marks a significant departure from former policies.
Algeria in Transition surveys what has been achieved since; what remains to be done; and the challenges lying ahead. It addresses key issues - ranging from political reforms and stability, external relations, social conditions to integration in the world economy - facing Algeria during this phase of transition to democratic rule and market economy.

This book, by providing an up-to-date, systematic analytical account on transformations in Algeria, makes a valuable contribution to the literature on this country that has not yet received much attention in the Anglo-American academy. Its distinctive feature is that it entirely focuses on Algeria, thus departing from existing studies dealing with the entire geographical area of North Africa or the Maghreb.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
POLITICAL ECONOMY GENERAL AND SECTORAL INSIGHTS
7
Political Contexts and Economic Policy in Algeria Some Theoretical Considerations and Problems
9
Algeria Economic Structure Performance and Policy 19502001
35
Implications of Algerias WTO Accession
58
The EuroAlgerian Relationship A Review of its Development
73
Economic Reforms and Foreign Direct Investment in Algeria
87
Algerias Agriculture Policy Reforms and Achievements
102
The Algerian Capital Market Investment Opportunities
136
POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES
149
The Dialectics of Algerias Foreign Relations 1992 to the Present
151
Bouteflika and the Challenge of Political Stability
183
The 2002 Algerian Parliamentary Elections Results and Significance
199
Demographic Transition Population Trends and Social and Environmental Conditions in Algeria
212
The Algerian Immigrant Community in Europe
239
Index
255

Restructuring and Privatization in Algeria
120

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