Arab Development Denied: Dynamics of Accumulation by Wars of Encroachment

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Anthem Press, Jul 1, 2014 - Business & Economics - 250 pages
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Ali Kadri examines how over the last three decades the Arab world has undergone a process of developmental descent, or de-development. Driven by their own class proclivity and as a result of successive defeats in wars, loss of security and sovereignty, Arab ruling classes have metamorphosed into fully compradorial classes that have relinquished autonomy over policy. The neoliberal policies adopted since the early eighties are not developmental policies, but the terms of surrender by which Arab resources human or otherwise are stifled or usurped. Kadri attributes the Arab world’s developmental failure not only to imperialist hegemony over oil, but also to the rising role of financialisation, which goes hand in hand with the wars of encroachment that strip the Arab world of its resources.

 

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Contents

Chapter One Stocktaking and Assessment
27
Chapter Two Dedevelopment and Conventional Policies
49
Chapter Three Class Politics Masquerading as Democracy
71
Chapter Four The Stillborn and Decomposing Arab State
93
Chapter Five Wars and Oil Control
115
Chapter Six Dislocation under Imperialist Assault
137
Chapter Seven Arab Disintegration and the Rising Power
159
Chapter Eight Commodification of Labour
181
Chapter Nine Coming to Conclusion in Times
205
References
223
Index
245
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About the author (2014)

Ali Kadri is a senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore, and was visiting fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) and head of the Economic Analysis Section at the United Nations regional office for western Asia.

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