ERF has organized a workshop on “The Political Economy of Contemporary Arab Societies”, in Beirut, Lebanon, in collaboration with The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), American University of Beirut.
In its pursuit to better understand the political economy of contemporary Arab societies, ERF launched a call for papers under the title of the workshop. The intention was to encourage researchers to apply rigorous quantitative techniques to analyze the relationship between economics and socio-political behavior using opinion polls. Several subthemes were identified, such as the evolving gender values, gender and work, political participation, and values and migration, but researchers could also come up with new ideas.
The review process led to the acceptance of 14 proposals. The objective of the this workshop was to provide a platform for discussing the draft papers and their preliminary findings among authors and experts in political economy and institutional economics in order to improve the final output.
Put in a larger framework, the work on the political economy of contemporary Arab studies is part of a larger program of work carried out by ERF, under the thematic leadership of Ishac Diwan, on the political and economic transformation in the Arab countries.