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Title: Varieties of Protectionism: Ethnic Politics and Resistance to Neoliberalism in the Arab World
Authors: Monroe, Stephen Louis-Andre
Advisors: Jamal, Amaney A
Contributors: Politics Department
Keywords: Arab World
Economic Reform
Ethnic Politics
Trade Politics
Subjects: Political science
Middle Eastern studies
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: The Arab world remains one of the most protected regions in the global economy. This dissertation examines how Arab regimes navigate international and domestic pressures to integrate their markets. Drawing upon a range of cases, methods and data, it argues that ethnic relations between public and private sector elites influence patterns of trade policy reform in the region. When and where public and private sector elites belong to the same ethnic group, their shared ethnic ties facilitate the removal of protectionist policies by ensuring that favoritist benefits will compensate elites disadvantaged by lower trade barriers. When and where public and private sector elites belong to different ethnic groups, however, they lack coethnic trust and sanctioning mechanisms that cross public and private sector lines to ensure that favoritist benefits will replace protectionist policies. Rulers confront greater elite resistance to reform in these environments. Whether ethnic boundaries segment or bind public and private sector elites shape strategies of coalition maintenance and patterns of trade policy reform in the Arab world and beyond.
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Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
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