The political economy of transformation in the Arab region

Almost three years after the Arab spring uprisings kicked off in Tunisia in late 2010, the Arab region’s politico-economic transition remains complex. Although some uprisings have succeeded in bringing down regimes when others were the source of mass violence and violations, their economic and political outcomes are still unclear. Political and economic transformations are interacting more than ever before throughout the region’s transition. But the question is what kind of economic and political outcomes are being produced?

In an attempt to provide a better understanding of the impact of recent political changes on the economy of the region, the Economic Research Forum (ERF) launched a call for papers under the research theme of “Political Economy of Transformation in the Arab World”. 6 out of 16 research proposals were selected under this competition and following a peer-review process.

Among a number of issues the selected papers tackle are the interests and power of influence of a few domestic and/or external groups and how such actors have interacted to shape past political and economic outcomes. Other questions explored are: the impact of domestic politics on fiscal decentralization, fiscal accountability and disclosure; the impact of authoritarianism on governance outcomes; and the performance of economic policies of transitional governments. All these issues are addressed either in single country or in regional contexts.

In this regard, ERF will be holding a workshop next week, on October 28-29th, to discuss the draft papers and their preliminary findings among authors and experts in order to improve the final output. Entitled “The political economy of transformation in the ERF region“, the workshop is also intended to promote interaction between researchers with interest in the topic.

To follow and participate in discussion remotely through social media:

  • Read the daily GDNet Blog and ERF Blog to catch up on discussions and listen to interviews from speakers and participants.
  • Ask questions and share your ideas and relevant research by commenting on conference blogs, tweets, photos, video and more.
  • Follow @Connect2GDNet and @ERFlatest for live updates and comments on discussion.

Download Political Economy of Tranfomation Agenda

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