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The course will examine the political economy of development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) since the end of World War II in light of the evolution of development theories, the impact of global and regional changes in the area and the recent upheavals in the Arab World. The post war Keynesian approaches will be reviewed, followed by development theories that characterized the 1970s (modernization, dependency…). The return of neoliberalism and its increasingly dominant position will be examined and its impact will be assessed in light of the empirical evidence provided by the experiences of MENA countries.
The course will focus on the challenges posed by the colonial legacy, globalization, the region’s political culture, the role of the State and more generally the interplay between economic and other factors in determining the course followed by MENA in the search for a path toward development.
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