Syria's Economy and the Transition Paradigm

Syria's Economy and the Transition Paradigm

Author: Samer Abboud

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015073823547

Category: Political Science

Page: 79

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Exploring the recent trajectory of Syria¿s economy, the authors consider the utility of the transition paradigm¿developed to study change in the former communist states¿as an explanatory approach. In the first part of the book, Samer Abboud examines Syria¿s shift to a ¿social market economy,¿ focusing on similarities in and differences between the Syrian and Chinese cases. In the second part, Ferdinand Arslanian compares empirical indicators for Syria with those from the aggregate of transition countries to predict Syria¿s economic performance and the rate of liberalization. A foreword by Raymond Hinnebusch provides context for the study.

Soviet Bloc and Western Support for Economic Development in Syria

Soviet Bloc and Western Support for Economic Development in Syria

Author: Central Intelligence Agency

Publisher: Hassell Street Press

ISBN: 1015153372

Category:

Page: 90

View: 412

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The Political Economic Context of Syria's Reconstruction

The Political Economic Context of Syria's Reconstruction

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: 9290847123

Category:

Page:

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Syria's accelerated implementation of neoliberal policies in the decade following Bashar al-Assad's ascent to power in 2000 benefited the Syrian upper class and foreign investors, particularly from the Gulf monarchies and Turkey, at the expense of the vast majority of Syrians, who were hit by inflation and a rising cost of living. The Syrian economy has since been transformed by vast destruction and territorial fragmentation linked to the loss of state sovereignty in several areas of the country. This fragmentation has led to the creation of 'multiple war economies' with various local and foreign actors involved in their dynamics. As the intensity of the war diminishes, new economic transformations in the framework of reconstruction will be the likely avenue through which the regime and crony capitalists will consolidate their political and economic power and domination over Syrian society while providing foreign allies with a share of the market to reward them for their assistance. In this framework, the Syrian government's reconstruction plan, which remains underdeveloped, will fortify and strengthen the patrimonial and despotic character of the regime and its networks, while being employed as a means to punish or discipline former rebellious populations. At the same time, the reconstruction process will force the Damascus regime to deal with a series of contradictions and challenges that could be translated into opportunities for local and external actors.

Assessment of Development Results - Syria

Assessment of Development Results - Syria

Author: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Publisher: United Nations

ISBN: 9789210599825

Category: Political Science

Page: 92

View: 832

This report on Syria’s Assessment of Development Results (ADR) focuses on the following three thematic areas: fostering democratic governance; achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and reducing poverty under a human development perspective; and ensuring environmental sustainability. Reflecting on the characteristics of Syria’s economic history, its current juncture and prospects, the ADR examined the past with a forward-looking perspective.

Modern Syria

Modern Syria

Author: Moshe Maʻoz

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015043408999

Category: History

Page: 342

View: 333

This book tackles the social, economic and political issues that face modern Syria and explores the historical reasons behind Syria's pivotal role in the Middle East. Introduction: The Emergence of Modern Syria; In Search of Legitimacy: Asad's Islamic Image in the Syrian Official Press; Syria: The Renewed Struggle for Power; History and Political Culture in Syria: Obstacles to Integration in the Global Economy After the Gulf War; Syria: Economic Development, Achievements, Problems and Prospects; The Syrian Road to the Middle East Peace Process: The Socio-economic Perspective; The Question of Citizenship of the Algerian Immigrants in Syria, 1847--1900; European Foreigners in Damascus and Aleppo During the Late Ottoman Period; Betwixt and Between: The Arab Al-Aramshah Tribe of Southern Lebanon; The Franco-Syrian Treaty Negotiations and the Question of Lebanon, 1936--1939; Syrian--Iraqi Relations: Iraq as a Factor in the Syrian Foreign Policy; Turkish--Syrian Relations: An Update; Syria's Struggle over Water with Israel, 1959--1967; Changes in Syria's Regional Strategic Position vis-á-vis Israel; Asad's Art of the Double Game; The Contributors; Index.

Contemporary Syria

Contemporary Syria

Author: Eberhard Kienle

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: UOM:39015032236401

Category: History

Page: 216

View: 400

While Bathi Syria is often considered the last bastion of Arab socialism, President Asad's regime has introduced sweeping economic change over the last decade. Gradual and discreet in the mid-1980s, economic reform quickly gained momentum and culminated in the revolutionary investment law of 1991. Removing all distinctions between domestic, expatriate and foreign capital, the law has already tipped the balance against the public sector and in favour of the private sector. At the same time, political repression has eased and a greater degree of participation has been introduced. Both economic and political change coincide most strikingly with Syria's participation in the Arab-Israeli 'peace process'. Comparing these changes to similar ones elsewhere in the Middle East and in the Third World, this book analyses the complex relationship between processes of economic and political liberalization in the domestic arena as well as their international repercussions. While contributing to theoretical debates, the contributors focus primarily on key practical issues and, on the basis of hard data and wide-ranging knowledge of the region, develop well-founded scenarios for the future development of Syria and its role in the Middle East.