Understanding who the poor are and what defines their level of deprivation is critical in the state's responsibility to its citizens. This thesis looks at how the Egyptian State targets the poor through the narrative of poverty during the last sixty years. While the state has historically addressed this issue within the broader context of societal welfare, it has not always specifically targeted the marginalized and vulnerable groups. The Egyptian State has transitioned from authoritarian socialism, to a rentier economy, and then to a free market state without upsetting the status quo of the ruling bureaucracy and state agents. Recently, it has tried to become a more welfare-oriented regime, attempting to cater to a population without really progressing or acknowledging the problem of poverty. This thesis aims to shed light on a particular relationshipÃƒÂ¢ the social contract between the impoverished and the state. I do this by examining how the problem of poverty in Egypt came to the government toward this particular group of people in order to understand some of the broader processes of poverty reduction, welfare, and social protection in Egypt.
Middle East Studies Center
MA in Middle East Studies
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Library of Congress Subject Heading 1
Welfare state -- Egypt.
Library of Congress Subject Heading 2
Egypt -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
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Van Bebber, C.
(2011).The policies of the state and targeting the poor in Egypt: Egypt's transition to a welfare state? [Master’s thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Van Bebber, Catherine Isaac. The policies of the state and targeting the poor in Egypt: Egypt's transition to a welfare state?. 2011. American University in Cairo, Master's thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.