Although development at the local level is a primary goal of most assistance schemes, most development agencies and banks know little of politics at the local level in developing countries. As a result, assistance programs generally lack relevance to indigenous populations and are--at the community level--viewed as being controlled from the outside. The authors of this book concentrate on how local politics influence development in the Middle East, with the intent of encouraging more appropriate--and thus more effective--assistance programs. They discuss general policy issues and the nature of center-periphery relations in Middle East countries and delve into specific problems encountered in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Tunisia, and North Yemen, showing how information about local political schemes can aid administrators of development programs in providing assistance that is acceptable--and accepted--at the local level. The case studies provide a broad base for planning, encompassing capitalist, state capitalist, and socialist systems in both rural and urban settings.
Louis J. Cantori
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07 June 2019
Also of Interest -- Preface -- Introduction -- Development and Center Building in the Middle East -- Local Leadership in Urban Egypt: Leader, Family and Community Perceptions -- Continuity and Change in Local Development Policies in Egypt: From Nasser to Sadat -- Local Patterns of Leadership and the Development of the Aswan High Dam Lake -- Syria: The Role of Ideology and Party Organization in Local Development -- New Institutions and Processes in a Traditional Setting: Examples from Al-Karak, Jordan -- Local-Level Politics and Development in Lebanon: The View from Borj Hammoud -- Ta awun Mahwit: A Case Study of a Local Development Association in Highland Yemen -- National Seeds in Local Soil: Will Development Grow? -- Development in Rural Turkey: Leadership or Patronage?