The Political Economy of Authoritarianism Part One of the Political Economy of Development Series

Lecture With: Professor Bassam Haddad.

This lecture examines the character and strategies of economic development in authoritarian regimes. It emphasizes state- business relations and the combination of neoliberal prescriptions, class, and institutions of authoritarian control.

Workshop With: Professors Bassam Haddad, Mariely Lopez-Santana and Matthew Scherer.

Join us for a workshop that follows Professor Haddad's lecture. We will be continuing the discussion opened in that lecture by exploring the contemporary articulation of authoritarianism and neoliberalism in the Middle East, and exploring possible alternative futures.


Recommended Readings:

  1. Chapters 7 and 8 of Cammett et al., A Political Economy of the Middle East

  2. Hall, Peter A., and David Soskice, eds. Varieties of capitalism: The institutional foundations of comparative advantage. OUP Oxford, 2001.
  3. Easterly, William, and Ross Levine. "What have we learned from a decade of empirical research on growth? It's Not Factor Accumulation: Stylized Facts and Growth Models." the world bank economic review 15.2 (2001): 177-219.
  4. Three worlds of welfare capitalism or more? A state-of-the-art report, WIL Arts, John Gelissen Journal of European Social Policy, Vol 12, Issue 2, pp. 137 - 158 First published date: June-29-2016
  5. Migdal, Joel S. State in society: Studying how states and societies transform and constitute one another. Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  6. Offe, Claus. "The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism. Gösta Esping-Andersen." (1991).

About this Project:

The Political Economy of Development Series is sponsored by George Mason University's Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics ( and The Political Economy Project . The series aims to place students in conversation with scholars at the cutting edge of research on questions of profound contemporary significance.