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Comparative Political and Economic Perspectives on the MENA Region

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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
    1. Mission
    2. Coverage
  5. Dedication
  6. Editorial Advisory Board
  7. Foreword
  8. Preface
    1. REFERENCES
    2. ENDNOTES
  9. Acknowledgment
  10. Chapter 1: Decentralization in European and MENA Countries
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. WHAT DOES THE LITERATURE SAY?
    4. COUNTRIES AT RISK
    5. DEBATING SECESSION: A TALE OF THREE REGIONS
    6. CONCLUSION
    7. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
    8. REFERENCES
    9. ENDNOTES
  11. Chapter 2: MENA Region and the Possible Beginning of World System Reconfiguration
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION: EVENTS OF SPECIAL IMPORTANCE?
    3. GLOBAL ASPECTS AND FACTORS OF SYNCHRONIZATION OF THE ARAB SPRING EVENTS
    4. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
    5. REFERENCES
    6. ENDNOTES
  12. Chapter 3: Israel and the Arab Spring
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. FLEETING “SPRING” IN THE MIDDLE EAST
    3. AN “ARAB SPRING” DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE WINTER
    4. ISRAEL AND THE ARAB SPRING
    5. THE ISRAELI SPRING AND ITS FAILURE
    6. THE GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE
    7. SUMMARY
    8. REFERENCES
  13. Chapter 4: Are Women in the MENA Region really that Different from Women in Europe?
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK AND EMPIRICAL LITERATURE
    4. DATA AND DEFINITIONS
    5. EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS
    6. ECONOMETRIC ANALYSIS
    7. CONCLUSION AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS
    8. REFERENCES
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    10. ENDNOTES
    11. APPENDIX
  14. Chapter 5: The Relation between Money and Happiness in MENA Countries
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE HAPPY PLANET INDEX
    4. GENDER EQUALITY IN MENA REGION
    5. LITERATURE SURVEY
    6. EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS
    7. CONCLUSION
    8. REFERENCES
  15. Chapter 6: Health in MENA
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION
    3. HEALTH, EQUITY, AND DEVELOPMENT
    4. HEALTHCARE IN MENA: STRUCTURE AND FINANCING
    5. FINANCIAL BARRIERS TO HEALTH CARE
    6. MENA SYSTEMS IN A COMPARATIVE CONTEXT
    7. POLICY IMPLICATIONS
    8. CONCLUSION: TIME FOR ACTION
    9. REFERENCES
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    11. ENDNOTES
    12. APPENDIX
  16. Chapter 7: Education Inequalities and Human Capital Formation in MENA Region
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. EDUCATION SYSTEM IN MENA REGION
    5. CONCLUSION
    6. REFERENCES
  17. Chapter 8: Financial Market Regulations in a Globalized World
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. COMMENTS ON GLOBALIZATION
    4. CONCLUSION: SUGGESTIONS FOR A SOUND FINANCIAL SYSTEM
    5. REFERENCES
    6. ENDNOTES
  18. Chapter 9: Policies of Science, Technology, and Industry in the MENA Countries and Their Impact on National Competitiveness
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND: LITERATURE REVIEW
    4. COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF MENA COUNTRIES IN TERMS OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRY POLICIES
    5. THE ANALYSIS OF NATIONAL SYSTEM OF INNOVATION OF SOME MENA COUNTRIES
    6. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMANDATIONS
    7. FUTURES RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. REFERENCES
  19. Chapter 10: Economic and Political Factors Affecting Foreign Direct Investment in the MENA Region
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN THE MENA REGION
    5. FUTURE TRENDS
    6. CONCLUSION
    7. REFERENCES
    8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  20. Chapter 11: Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investment in Africa
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CHINA AND CHINESE OUTWARD FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT
    4. CHINESE INVESTMENTS IN AFRICA
    5. BARGAINING BETWEEN CHINESE INVESTORS AND AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS
    6. DILEMMAS OF CHINESE INVESTMENT IN AFRICA
    7. DISCUSSION AND IMPLICATIONS
    8. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
    9. REFERENCES
  21. Chapter 12: Demographic Transition, Oil, and Institutions
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. 1. INTRODUCTION
    3. 2. LITERATURE REVIEW
    4. 3. DATA, EMPIRICAL METHODOLOGY, AND RESULTS
    5. 4. WHAT ARE THE LESSONS FOR IRAN?
    6. 5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATION, FUTURE TREND AND CONCLUSION
    7. REFERENCES
    8. ENDNOTES
  22. Chapter 13: Identifying Effective Talent Management Policies and Practices in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. METHODS
    4. FINDINGS
    5. A STAKEHOLDER’S APPROACH: KEY ACTORS IN MANAGEMENT OF TALENT
    6. MULTIPLE LEVELS ANALYSIS OF INTERVENTION
    7. CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR POLICY AND DECISION MAKING IN UAE WORKPLACES
    8. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
    9. REFERENCES
  23. Chapter 14: Review of Entrepreneurship Education in Europe, Middle East, North American Countries Compared to India
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. NATURE OF THE PROBLEM
    4. OBJECTIVES
    5. LITERATURE REVIEW
    6. CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
    7. TRAINING CHOICE: SELECTED COUNTRIES
    8. FRAMEWORK 2
    9. SOLUTION AND RECOMMENDATION
    10. LIMITATIONS
    11. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    12. CONCLUSION
    13. REFERENCES
  24. Chapter 15: The Effect of Cultural and Creative Industries on Economic Development of the Cities
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. DEFINITIONS: THEORETICAL BACKGROUND
    4. CONCLUSION
    5. REFERENCES
    6. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    7. ENDNOTES
    8. APPENDIX: ABBREVIATIONS
  25. Compilation of References
  26. About the Contributors