Comparative Political and Economic Perspectives on the MENA Region

Comparative Political and Economic Perspectives on the MENA Region

Noted as an IGI Global Core Reference Title in Social Sciences & Humanities for 2019.

M. Mustafa Erdoğdu (Marmara University, Turkey) and Bryan Christiansen (PryMarke, LLC, USA)
Release Date: December, 2015|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 386|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9601-3
ISBN13: 9781466696013|ISBN10: 146669601X|EISBN13: 9781466696020


The region that includes the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) faces a diverse set of cultural, political, and economic issues. Exploring the countries that are considered to be a part of the MENA region as well as comparing this region to the rest of the developing and developed world provides essential insight into the current state of the region as well and its future outlook.

Comparative Political and Economic Perspectives on the MENA Region takes a critical approach to analyzing the socio-economic development of the MENA Region and the role of politics and various social issues in this development. Highlighting research-based perspectives from global leaders on topics such as decentralization, international affairs, the Arab Spring, foreign direct investment, and education in the Middle East and Northern Africa, this publication is designed for library reference section inclusion and meets the research needs of government officials, professionals specializing in international business, economists, researchers, and graduate-level students in the areas of economics, international politics, African and Middle Eastern studies, and regional development.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Education Inequalities and Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Market Regulations
  • Globalization
  • Healthcare for Development
  • National Competitiveness
  • Women in the MENA Region
  • World System Reconfiguration

Reviews and Testimonials

Editors Erdogdu and Christiansen present readers with a collection of expert contributions investigating comparative political and economic perspectives on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The fifteen contributions that make up the main body of the text are focused on decentralization in Europe and the MENA countries, Israel and the Arab Spring, the relation between money and happiness in the MENA countries, and a wide variety of other related subjects.

– ProtoView Reviews

I was very interested in reading the chapters because they give a glimpse of the MENA people, their cultures, their healthcare, their education, and their economies. The media does not cover these aspects of MENA, but this book provides a better understanding of these areas.

– Kay Stebbins Slattery, Associate Librarian at Louisiana State University, as reviewed for American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

M. Mustafa Erdogdu is a professor of economics at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey, where he is head of Financial Economics. He received his MA and PhD in development economics from Manchester University, UK. He is associate editor of International Journal of Applied Behavioral Economics and International Journal of Productivity Management and Assessment Technologies, international advisory board member of International Journal of Sustainable Economies Management, editorial board member of several other journals including Turkish Studies Journal. He has published articles on a wide range of issues, a book on social budged, and co-edited several books on economic development and public finance. His major research areas are international political economy and development, sustainable development, renewable energies, global commons and public goods, behavioral public finance, tax compliance, developmental states, industrial policy, technological capability building, employment policy, financial crises.
Bryan Christiansen is the Chief Executive Officer of Tactical Systems, LLC in Indiana, USA. A former business lecturer at universities in Turkey, Russia, and the USA, he has traveled to 41 countries where he has conducted international business since 1985 in multiple languages and various industries with Global 500 firms and smaller. Christiansen received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing at the University of the State of New York in 1996 and his MBA degree at Capella University in 2003. The author of 20 Reference books on business, economics, and psychology, he is currently working on his Doctor of Business Administration degree at Middlesex University in London, England and is expected to graduate in 2020.