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Contesting Authoritarianism
Labor Challenges to the State in Egypt

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Part of Cambridge Middle East Studies

  • Publication planned for: February 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316644720

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  • Successive authoritarian regimes have maintained tight control over organized labor in Egypt since the 1950s. And yet in 2009, a group of civil servants decided to exit the state-controlled Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF), thereby setting a precedent for other groups and threatening the ETUF's monopoly. Dina Bishara examines this relationship between labour organizations and the state to shed light on how political change occurs within an authoritarian government, and to show how ordinary Egyptians perceive the government's rule. In particular, Bishara highlights the agency of dissident unionists in challenging the state even when trade union leaders remain loyal. She reveals that militant sectors are more vulnerable to greater scrutiny and repression and that financial benefits tied to membership in state-backed unions can provide significant disincentives against the exit option. Moving beyond conventional accounts of top-down control, this book explores when and how institutions designed for political control become contested from below.

    • Charts the emergence of the independent trade union movement in Egypt
    • Studies how political change occurs within authoritarian regimes
    • Relies on case studies and data collected through in-depth interviews and participant observation
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: February 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316644720
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 2 maps 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrative material
    List of abbreviations
    1. The prelude to exit: the rupturing of state-labor relations under Mubarak
    2. The weakest link? Civil servants as the pioneers of independent unionism in Egypt
    3. The politics of ignoring: protest dynamics in late Mubarak Egypt
    4. Framing exit: the role of leadership in the formation of the independent Real Estate Tax Authority Union
    5. The politics of recognition and the micro-dynamics of authoritarian rule
    6. The 2011 uprising and beyond: the struggle for a new interest regime in post-Mubarak Egypt
    Conclusion: authoritarianism and corporatism in Egypt and beyond

  • Author

    Dina Bishara, University of Alabama
    Dina Bishara is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama. She has published in outlets such as Perspectives on Politics and Middle East Law and Governance and has received a number of fellowships, including postdoctoral fellowships from Harvard University, the University of Oxford, and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

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