The Social Contract Undermined through Economic Reforms: the End of an Era for the Egyptian Middle Classes

• The socioeconomic benefits enjoyed by the middle classes have historically been one of the Egyptian state’s main pillars of legitimacy and characteristic of a welfare state that has existed since the postcolonial era of the 1950’s. • Since the uprising of 2011 (the so-called “Arab Spring”), the...

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Published in:MENA-direkt (Band 17)
Main Authors: Aboushady, Nora, Aboushady, Nadia
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2018
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Summary:• The socioeconomic benefits enjoyed by the middle classes have historically been one of the Egyptian state’s main pillars of legitimacy and characteristic of a welfare state that has existed since the postcolonial era of the 1950’s. • Since the uprising of 2011 (the so-called “Arab Spring”), the Egyptian economy has suffered from recession, inflation, and widening budget deficits. • In August 2016, the government accepted loan and embarked upon a program of substantial economic reforms. • These reforms have undermined (and continue to undermine) the social contract that has been in place since the 1950’s and leave a significant section of the Egyptian population struggling under tougher economic conditions.
Physical Description:10 Pages
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/es2018.0011