The present article is a translation of the text of a conference given in Arabic by the author in Tunis at the Presidential Palace at the invitation of President Al Mazoukiin in May 2014. Its main argument is that the poor quality of economic growth in Arabic economies has produced high unemployment rates, inexistent productivity and the total lack of appropriation of science and technology, in addition to a high rate of concentration of wealth in the hands of a few, including ruling elites. This lack of virtuous growth is due to the development of neo-patrimonialism within the context of rent economies that cannot produce real democratic institutions. The author first makes an attempt through several indicators to identify and describe the main symptoms of this bad growth; and then he describes how to move from a rent-based and unproductive economy to a virtuous and inclusive growth model whereby human resources are all mobilized in a national effort to appropriate an adequate cluster of technologies.
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Research Article| January 01 2015
The political economy of democratic transition in the Arab situation
Contemporary Arab Affairs (2015) 8 (1): 22–38.
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Georges Corm; The political economy of democratic transition in the Arab situation. Contemporary Arab Affairs 1 January 2015; 8 (1): 22–38. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2014.976403
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