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The Egyptian social contract, a history of state-middle class relations, Relli Shechter.

<i>The Egyptian Social Contract</i> explores the intricacies of the relationship between the state and its citizens, from the establishment of the semi-independent Egyptian nation in 1922 until the 2011 Uprising. The book studies how and why a social contract that had been reformed in the aftermath of World War II became the core of state-citizen relations under President Nasser. It further explores the long and tortuous search for a new social contract in Egypt since the 1970s.<br><br>Relli Shechter looks at how this social contract channeled socioeconomic development over time, creating an Egyptian middle-class society. Shechter probes a political economy in which class vision and interests in development intertwined with the rise and entrenchment of authoritarianism. The perseverance of this social contract has mostly inhibited socioeconomic and political reforms, or the making of a new social contract, in Egypt. Such reforms would have challenged Egypt's ruling elite, and no less so its middle-class society.
Table Of Contents
Preface -- Introduction: The Social Contract as History -- Part One: From Social Reform to Social Justice, 1922-1952, Chapter 1: A Liberal Social Contract -- Chapter 2: The Making of an Effendi Social Contract -- Part Two: The Social Contract in Nasser's Effendi State, 1952-1970, Chapter 3: Old Regime, New Regime -- Chapter 4: Old Society, New Society -- Part Three : The tortuous search for a new social contract, 1970-2011, Chapter 5: The Social Contract Broken Twice -- Chapter 6: Planning a New Social Contract -- Chapter 7: The Problem with the New Social Contract -- Conclusion: Old Social Contract, New Social Contract -- Bibliography -- Index
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed.
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 20 Oct 2023)
Physical Description
1 online resource (xi, 284 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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