Social Dictatorships: The Political Economy of the Welfare State in the Middle East and North Africa (Hardback)Ferdinand Eibl (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 432
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
In Social Dictatorships, Ferdinand Eibl makes a valuable contribution to studies of welfare regimes in developing countries and autocracies. Eibls logically rigorous explanation articulates the conditions under which authoritarian rulers develop broad support coalitions, which in turn incentivizes them to expand public services. A sophisticated combination of original quantitative and qualitative data and analyses provides ample evidence to support his nuanced arguments. As Eibl so convincingly shows, social dictators are not more benign and generous than their less generous counterparts, but their populations benefit from greater investment in social sectors. * Melani Cammett, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Universi *
So cial Dictatorships is remarkable for both its theoretical synthesis and its empirical sweep. Ambitiously drawing together insights from across the rational-choice and historical-institutionalist traditions, Ferdinand Eibl carefully develops and compellingly delivers the bold argument that welfare states in labor-abundant Middle Eastern dictatorships have only substantially expanded when conflicts among elites could neither be reconciled nor repressed. A monumental contribution to our knowledge of Middle Eastern political economy and the historical development of authoritarian welfare states. * Dan Slater, Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of Emerging Democracies, University of Michigan *
When scholars mix qualitative and quantitative methods, one of them usually gets short-changed. Ferdinand Eibls book is a rare exception to this rule: his field research is of as high quality as his quantitative analysis. He has undertaken remarkable detective work through interviews with decision-makers and access to (now closed off) national archives, getting as close to elite decision-making as is humanly possible in authoritarian systems. At the same time, he has collected unique primary data to identify the long-term distributional consequences of these decisions across the MENA region. His findings are of great relevance for scholars of both authoritarianism and social policy. * Dan Slater, Associate Professor in Comparative Politics, London School of Economics *
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