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Title: The Political Economy of Marketization in Syria
Author: Abboud, Samer Nassif
ISNI:       0000 0001 3389 0116
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2007
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This dissertation is about the political economy of marketization 10 Syria. Utilizing transitions literature to draw on the experiences of countries in Asia and Eastern Europe, it considers the challenges of introducing market forc~s into Syria's centrally planned economy. It also explores the relationship between Syria's current transition and its existing economic landscape, characterized by its overdependence on oil revenues, rapid population growth and the resulting high levels of unemployment, ~eteriorating living standards and the demands of newly formed free trade agreements. The narrative that follows stresses the tensions between, SITia's current economic landscape and its challenges as a transition economy to help explain policy and institutional changes, as well as the increasing role of the private sector and changing roles of the state vis-a.-vis the economy. The concept of marketization provides the interpretive overlay of this dissertation. The utility of this concept lies in helping frame, define and explain patterns of economic change occurring in Syria and in understanding economic reform and change as representing a structural shift away from one dominant mode of economic governance to another. Accordingly, this dissertation considers the transition to a market economy as the thing to be explained. Emphasis is placed on price liberalization, financial services reforms, monetary reforms and trade policy, all key areas of economic change that bring about this transition.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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