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Soviet Non-Capitalist Development: The Case of Nasser's Egypt

ISBN-13: 978-0275931353
ISBN-10: 0275931358
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"The sense one gets from this most interesting book is that the change Nasser wrought in the Egyptian economy was more out of expediency than out of ideological commitment. According to Hosseinzadeh, those who argue that Nasser's development path was noncapitalist or socialist are wrong; he presents their arguments and refutes them. Indeed Egypt's path, he argues, was closer to state capitalism than to any other path. This was partly because Nasser highly regarded private property and disliked Soviet atheism. He resorted to economic regulation, then Egyptianization of foreign assets, and finally nationalization of domestic industries only as he met resistance or perceived threats from property owners. And, contrary to what the title might suggest, the Soviet Union had little influence in directing Nasser's economic decisions, but Egypt's association with the USSR may have made them easier. In the appendix, the author suggests that the Soviet Union is no longer a model for Third World development, but has itself become an example and advocate for more capitalistic reforms. . . . Useful bibliography and index. Highly recommended for faculty, upper-division undergraduates, and graduate students."-Choice

." . . Hsseinzadeh's book makes a valuable contribution in that it departs from those Sovietologists who failed to assess critically the NCD thesis. Its strength is that the criticism is made from within the Marxist perspective from which the proponents of NCD claim to draw their analysis. The study provides a refreshing approach for analyzing those Third World countries that followed the NCD path. . . . extremely helpful to scholars interested in the study of the failure of state capitalism and state socialism in the Arab world."-Middle East Journal

?. . . Hsseinzadeh's book makes a valuable contribution in that it departs from those Sovietologists who failed to assess critically the NCD thesis. Its strength is that the criticism is made from within the Marxist perspective from which the proponents of NCD claim to draw their analysis. The study provides a refreshing approach for analyzing those Third World countries that followed the NCD path. . . . extremely helpful to scholars interested in the study of the failure of state capitalism and state socialism in the Arab world.?-Middle East Journal

?The sense one gets from this most interesting book is that the change Nasser wrought in the Egyptian economy was more out of expediency than out of ideological commitment. According to Hosseinzadeh, those who argue that Nasser's development path was noncapitalist or socialist are wrong; he presents their arguments and refutes them. Indeed Egypt's path, he argues, was closer to state capitalism than to any other path. This was partly because Nasser highly regarded private property and disliked Soviet atheism. He resorted to economic regulation, then Egyptianization of foreign assets, and finally nationalization of domestic industries only as he met resistance or perceived threats from property owners. And, contrary to what the title might suggest, the Soviet Union had little influence in directing Nasser's economic decisions, but Egypt's association with the USSR may have made them easier. In the appendix, the author suggests that the Soviet Union is no longer a model for Third World development, but has itself become an example and advocate for more capitalistic reforms. . . . Useful bibliography and index. Highly recommended for faculty, upper-division undergraduates, and graduate students.?-Choice

." . . a very important contribution to the political economy of the Middle East"-Nancy Folbre Associate Professor of Economics University of Massachusetts at Amherst

." . . . the study is concise, logical, beautifully documented and makes a fundamental contribution to the understanding and evaluation of an important line of thinking in regard to Third World development."-Thomas Vietorisz Professor of Economics The Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research

"A thoughtful, readable, innovative and carefully documented piece of economic history. There is no doubt that it is a contribution to our understanding not only of the Soviet theory of Third World development but also of Third World nationalist leaders' policies of economic development and political independence."-Robert L. Heilbroner, Norman Thomas Professor of Economics

About the Author

ESMAIL HOSSEINZADEH is Assistant Professor, Department of Economics at Drake University.

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