Businessmen, Clientelism, and Authoritarianism in Egypt by Safinaz El Tarouty

By Safinaz El Tarouty

After the ousting of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, a lot debate surrounded the explanations for the previous regime's toughness and its cave in. the following, Safinaz El Tarouty presents an unique contribution to the learn of authoritarianism in Egypt by means of concentrating on the position of businessmen in authoritarian survival. because the regime intensified neoliberal monetary reforms that ended in social deprivation and frustration between expanding numbers of Egyptian electorate, they co-opted businessmen as a way to defuse demanding situations and buttress the regime, developing a brand new political economic system of authoritarianism. Extending the prevailing literature on clientelism, El Tarouty creates a typology of regime-businessmen kin to explain the a number of mechanisms of co-option within the context of monetary liberalization. finally, even though, those businessmen proved too slim a constituency to supply legitimacy to the regime and, in reality, shaped one of many purposes for its collapse.

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