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Institutional Reform and Economic Development in Egypt

Noha El-Mikawy Heba Handoussa
Price: $ 15.95

This pioneering volume addresses the key issue of the relationship between politics and economics, with special reference to Egypt in the 1990s. Drawing on the expertise of both political scientists and economists, it assembles an impressive array of data, including detailed opinion surveys, to demonstrate conclusively that political and economic reform need to proceed in tandem.

In an insightful analysis of the Egyptian legislature, the authors draw attention to a fundamental aspect of institutional reform, namely the informational and knowledge base of legislation as well as the organizational infrastructure of policy formulation. As regards Egypt's economic performance since the early 1990s, they focus in particular on impediments to improved export performance and offer solid recommendations as to how such obstacles might be overcome.

This stimulating study makes a timely contribution to political economic analysis, which may at the same time prove helpful in the formulation of new policies.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Noha El-mikawy is Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn. Her earlier book, The Building of Consensus in Egypt's Transition Process (AUC Press, 1999), achieved considerable acclaim.

Heba Handoussa is Managing Director of the Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey, a well established regional think-tank and networking organization. She is a member of Egypt's Shura Council and an advisor to the government of Egypt and to several international development organizations.

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