Moroccan Cronyism: Facts, Mechanisms and Impact - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Moroccan Cronyism: Facts, Mechanisms and Impact

Mohammed Said Saadi

November, 2016


32 pages

L5. Regulation and Industrial Policy
L1. Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
D7. Analysis of Collective Decision-Making

The purpose of this paper is to shed some light on Moroccan cronyism by studying its manifestation and impact in the manufacturing sector. More specifically, it attempts to find out whether the lopsided and cronyistic business-government relations have a positive or negative influence on competition and economic growth. The paper shows that political connectedness has always been part and parcel of a large patronage network that has helped the political power, the makhzen, to strengthen its control on Moroccan society and to prevent any countervailing power from taking root, especially in the economic sphere.


الغرض من هذه الورقة هو إلقاء بعض الضوء على المحسوبية المغربية من خلال دراسة مظهر وتأثيرها في قطاع الصناعات التحويلية. وبشكل أكثر تحديدا، فإنه يحاول معرفة ما إذا كانت العلاقات التجارية للحكومة غير متوازنة لها تأثير إيجابي أو سلبي على المنافسة والنمو الاقتصادي. وتبين الصحيفة أن الترابط السياسي كانت دائما جزءا لا يتجزأ من شبكة الرعاية الكبيرة التي ساعدت على السلطة السياسية، في المخزن، لتعزيز سيطرتها على المجتمع المغربي، ومنع أي قوة تعويضية من التجذر، وخاصة في المجال الاقتصادي

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