Lumbering State, Restless Society offers a comprehensive and compelling understanding of modern Egypt. Nathan J. Brown, Shimaa Hatab, and Amr Adly guide readers through crucial developments in Egyptian politics, society, and economics from the middle of the twentieth century through the present. Integrating diverse perspectives and areas of expertise, including the tools of comparative politics, the book provides an accessible and clear introduction to the Egypt of today alongside an innovative and rigorous analysis of the country's history and governance.
Brown, Hatab, and Adly highlight ways in which Egypt resembles other societies around the world, drawing from and contributing to broader debates in political science. They trace the emergence of a powerful and intrusive state alongside a society that is increasingly politicized, and they emphasize how the rulers and regimes who have built and steered the state apparatus have also had to retreat and recalibrate. The authors also examine why authoritarianism, corporatism, and socialism have decayed without resulting in a liberal democratic order, and they show why Egyptian politics should not be understood in terms of a single dominant force but rather an interplay among many actors. At once current, insightful, and engaging, Lumbering State, Restless Society delivers a powerful and distinctive account of modern Egypt in the modern world.
Nathan J. Brown, Shimaa Hatab, and Amr Adly
1. Multivocal yet Authoritarian Egypt
Part I. The Egyptian State
2. Governing Egypt: The Construction of the Modern Egyptian State
3. Between State and Regime: The Evolution of Egyptian Authoritarianism
Part II. Egyptian Society
4. The Rise and Decay of Social Control-and the Perpetuation of Authoritarianism
5. Civil Society Organizations: Limited Political Agenda and Mounting Resistance
6. Islam and Religion in Egyptian State, Society, and Economy
Part III. The Egyptian Economy
7. Market Making without Development
8. The Military's Civilian Economy
9. The Uprising of 2011 and the New Regime
A Selective Guide to Scholarly Writing on Egypt