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|Title:||The politics of public land dispossession in Egypt: 1975-2011 and beyond||Authors:||Koussa, Ziad||Affiliations:||Department of Political Science and International Affairs||Keywords:||Accumulation by dispossession
|Issue Date:||2020||Part of:||Journal of Modern African Studies||Volume:||58||Issue:||2||Start page:||235||End page:||255||Abstract:||
This article examines changes in the allocation of urban land in Egypt between 1975-2011 with the rise and incorporation of state authoritarianism and neoliberal economics in what I call 'authoritarian neoliberalism'. Authoritarian neoliberalism in Egypt transferred ownership of urban lands from public wealth to an affluent class of local and foreign capitalists - often in a non-transparent fashion. The article focuses on the government's legally sanctioned practices of subsidisations, privatisations and evictions as they relate to what I call, inspired by David Harvey's formulation, the accumulation of wealth by dispossession. Dispossession of public urban land, I maintain, generated widespread resentment that played a vital, but inadequately discussed, role in the series of revolts that culminated in the 2011 uprising in Egypt. Social tensions engendered in this authoritarian neoliberal regime, I argue, endure under the administration of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who continues to transfer public urban lands, from lower to higher socioeconomic classes, at an even faster pace than his predecessor.
|URI:||https://scholarhub.balamand.edu.lb/handle/uob/5555||ISSN:||0022278X||DOI:||10.1017/S0022278X20000166||Ezproxy URL:||Link to full text||Type:||Journal Article|
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