Rebuilding Devastated Economies in the Middle East

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Leonard Binder
Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 15, 2007 - Business & Economics - 296 pages
This book analyzes the political obstacles to the adoption of classic strategies of economic recovery and development, as well as the economic consequences of democratic political reforms.  The case studies demonstrate that both "rentierism" and the "democracy deficit" result from a means-end problem rather than an ideological problem.  The contributors focus on the role of the challenged rulers of shaky states where economic devastation has been the consequence of civil strife, often aided and abetted by external influences. But, if there can be no successful rebuilding of devastated economies, without some significant regime change, we seem to be asking these governments to put themselves out of business. 

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Leonard Binder, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Near East Studies at UCLA is a past President of the Middle east Studies Association  and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He is one of the founders of the field of modern Middle East Studies through his research, scholarship, publication, and participation in the work of the Middle East Studies Association, the Social Science Research Council, and the Mideast Centers at the University of Chicago and at UCLA. 

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