17/07/2013

Rolling either way? Algerian entrepreneurs as both agents of change and means of preservation of the system. Part I

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Rolling either way? Algerian entrepreneurs as both agents of change and means of preservation of the system. Part I

By Amel Boubekeur, researcher at Centre Jacques Berque, Rabat, Maroc. 

In Algeria, the last two decades were marked by the increasingly visible political influence of private-sector actors.Emerging as new political players, major and successful entrepreneurs have generated much hope within the European Union (EU) as well as among Algerian commen-tators. Considered as potential agents of change, they have often been expected to contribute to democratisation in their country, particularly after the introduction of a multiparty system and the transition from a socialist model to a market economy in the late 1980s. Business elites’ involvement in politics was supposed to validate a formula dear to the Euromed partnership, one of whose founding members was Algeria: political liberalisation inescapably

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