New paper on 'Growth Alliances: Insights from Egypt'
A recent paper in Business and Politics explores the emergence, evolution and forms of ‘growth alliances’ in Egypt. The authors, Professors Abla Abdel-Latif, of the American University in Cairo, and Hubert Schmitz, of the Institute of Development Studies, at the University of Sussex, show how largely informal and politically-negotiated relations helped to shape alliances between some business sectors and key policy-makers without apparently becoming abused for private gain.
The DLP has as its focus the political processes that shape developmental outcomes, and the role of ‘agency’ - particular leaders, elites and coalitions - is central to these processes. ‘Developmental coalitions’, or significant alliances as in this case, represent one of the key political mechanisms for overcoming the many collective action problems that define the challenges of development.
Coalitions can take many forms and this paper is a fascinating illustration of how key agents, or actors, can use their networks to work politically in a given institutional and political context to forge such a coalition, or alliance, to advance (in this case) investment and growth.
This paper, originally published in Business and Politics is available to download in our publications section: Abla Abdel-Latif and Hubert Schmitz (2010) 'Growth Alliances: Insights from Egypt', Business and Politics, Vol. 12, Issue. 4, Article 4