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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
Arab Uprising
Issue Date: 2020
Part of: Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume: 58
Issue: 2
Start page: 235
End page: 255
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.
ISSN: 0022278X
DOI: 10.1017/S0022278X20000166
Ezproxy URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
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