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19 Sep, 2019
By Adeel Malik

A pyramid of privilege: crony capitalism in the Middle East

The Arab uprisings in 2011 were not just aimed at overthrowing authoritarian regimes but were also targeted at a well-entrenched system of economic privilege where those attached to the ruler’s insider circle had monopolized all economic opportunities.

For every regime that faced a popular backlash in the Middle East, there were some prominent businesses who became the symbol of corruption and injustice. In Egypt it was Ahmed Ezz, the steel magnate.

M Niaz Asadullah
Antonio Savoia
20 Sep, 2018

From MDGs to SDGs: where next for Bangladesh?

Would you say that a country was likely to reach any of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) if it is affected by adverse geographical conditions, has a state apparatus perceived as chronically corrupt,...

13 Aug, 2018

The impact of cohort studies

Young Lives has just published ten updated case studies, each of which demonstrates how the study has resulted in significant positive...

Xiaolan Fu
19 Jul, 2018

A new approach to measuring global trade

As the world moves towards a new trade war, with the imposition of US tariffs on goods from the EU, China, Canada and Mexico, having reliable international trade statistics is more important than ever.

Frances Stewart
Emma Samman
16 Jul, 2018

Advancing human development: theory and practice

'Human development is a process of enlarging people’s choices. The most critical ones are to lead a long and healthy life, to be educated and to enjoy a decent standard of living. Additional choices include...

Corneliu Bjola
10 Jul, 2018

Conceptions and misconceptions of digital diplomacy

In the introductory chapter to the edited volume on ...

Marta Favara
Alan Sanchez
22 Jun, 2018

No longer children: on growing up and the changing world of work

Over the past 15 years, Young Lives has followed the lives of two cohorts of children through childhood, adolescence, and into young adulthood. The information gathered in the last round of data collection...

Adeel Malik
Ferdinand Eibl
14 Jun, 2018

The politics of trade protection: evidence from Mubarak’s Egypt

Selective trade liberalisation has been a pervasive feature of economic reforms supported by multilateral institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. As many developing...

Rocco Zizzamia
Simone Schotte
Murray Leibbrandt
08 Jun, 2018

Defining the middle class in the global South: a quantitative perspective from South Africa

What makes you middle class? Is it your income, occupation, or education? Your family background or maybe the house and neighbourhood you live in? It is probably all of these things. 

John Gledhill
17 May, 2018

The study of peace and conflict: in need of (intellectual) insurgency?

Peter Wallensteen, a leading scholar of peace and conflict, has suggested that ‘...

Lucie Qian Xia
04 May, 2018

Negotiating the unnegotiable: climate diplomacy and climate action

Philosopher William James once said ‘whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is...