Latin America and the Middle East are two of the most important regions of the South and the world, yet they have hardly been studied comparatively in social sciences. This book attempts to fill this gap in the literature through a study of civil society-state relations in Bolivia and Egypt focusing on empowered participatory institutions. Not only are these institutions important in their own right in terms of the amount of resources allocated to them, but they are an important illustration of a rising model of governance and development based on state-civil society cooperation. The study not only helps us understand the nuanced relationship between state and citizen under neoliberalism, but also gives us insights into issues of major theoretical and practical importance, specifically the impact of social reform on processes of democratization, social inclusion, and equity.
Rabab El-Mahdi, Ph.D. (2005), Political Science, McGill University. Assistant Professor of Political Science at the American University in Cairo. Co-Editor of
Egypt: The Moment for Change (Zed Press, 2009). Her aticles were published in
Comparative Political Studies,
Review of African Political Economy, and
Politics, Religion, & Ideology.
Table of contents
List of Acronyms
2. Civil Society, the State, Neoliberalism, and Social Policy
3. Two Civil Societies: History and Evolution
4. The Egyptian Social Fund for Development: Is it Such a Failure?
5. The Bolivian Fund: Is it Really the Model?
6. Engineering Consent: The De-Politicization of the Political
Appendix: A Note on Research Methodology and Techniques
Students of political science, sociology and anthropology interested in the Middle East, Latin America and the global South more generally. Activists, policy-makers, and professionals working on issues of governance, equity, and civil society.