Conferenza “Economic Lessons of the Arab Uprisings” del prof. Hassan Hakimian, presso Università di Napoli L’Orientale

Tempi Moderni è lieta di segnalare la Conferenza dal titolo “Economic Lessons of the Arab Uprisings” tenuta dal prof. Hassan Hakimian (SOAS, London) organizzata presso l’Università di Napoli L’Orientale. La conferenza si terrà il giorno 8 gennaio 2018, aula  125, palazzo S. Maria in Porta Coeli, via Duomo 119-223, dalle 10.30 alle 12.30.

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Economic Lessons of the Arab Uprisings

Most explanations of social and political upheavals explain the roots of revolutions in economic downturns and mass immiserisation. This approach presumes a one-way and linear relationship between economic and political cycles, which does not stand up to scrutiny in the Middle Eastern context.  This talk shows that just as with the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the decade before the Arab uprisings occurred on an upswing of the business cycle with the region at large experiencing growth – not recession or stagnation – in both cases buoyed by favourable international oil prices. This conceptual mismatch has also arguably been behind the mainstream economists’ failure to predict the onset of political tumult that swept Arab countries after late 2010. A narrow focus on economic ‘fundamentals’ alone can depict a misleading picture which may be removed from mass welfare and material conditions of the population at large. By formulating the case for ‘inclusive growth’ in the region, this talk re-examines the popular perception that posits the roots of uprisings in economic downturns and mass immiserisation.

Hassan Hakimian is Director of the London Middle East Institute and a Reader in the Economics Department at SOAS University of London. He was previously an Associate Dean at Cass Business School, London. His research focuses on MENA economies, specifically human resources and demographic change, labour markets, inclusive growth and the economics of Arab uprisings. He is the author of Labour Transfer and Economic Development (1990), co-editor of The State and Global Change (2000 with Ziba Moshaver), Trade Policy and Economic Integration in MENA (2003 with Jeff Nugent), and Iran and the Global Economy: Petro Populism, Islam and Economic Sanctions (2014 with Parvin Alizadeh).

Dr Hakimian is a Founding member and currently the President of the International Iranian Economic Association (IEA) and a Research Fellow and member of the Advisory Committee of the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Cairo. He is the Founder and Series Editor for the “Routledge Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa,” which he launched in 2003.

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