Title

Illicit Economies and Reconstruction in Iraq, Palestine, and Algeria

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2007

Publication Title

Rebuilding Devastated Economies in the Middle East

Department

International Political Economy

Abstract

"This book is concerned with the political and economic obstacles encountered by states in the Middle East seeking to rebuild their national economies after their devastation by violent upheaval, or invasion. Economic devastation is at once the cause and the consequence of partial or total state failure. But, given the type of regime which is likely to seize power under such conditions, it is doubtful that the rulers will defer to the logic of economic growth at the cost of diminishing their own power. The resultant political dilemma is the most challenging obstacle to the rebuilding of devastated economies in the Middle East."--BOOK JACKET.