Neoliberalism and Neoliberalization: Helpful Devices for the Analysis of Urban Development in the Middle East and North Africa

  • Susanne Heeg Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Keywords: Urban Development, MENA, Variegated Neoliberalism, Neoliberalization

Abstract

Neoliberalism is a widely used in social science to refer to processes such as privatization, deregulation, commodification, and austerity. Quite often in this interpretative framework, neoliberalism is also associated with the dismantling of the welfare state, the opening up of free trade and investment, and an increased emphasis on the private sector. In the academic discussion, various authors criticize the use of the term because it lacks analytical clarity and/or is used as a political slogan to denounce social and economic change. The aim of the article is neither to question the analytical dimension nor to develop an irrefutable definition, but to provide insight into the strength of a place- and time-sensitive discussion of neoliberalism.

Author Biography

Susanne Heeg, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Susanne Heeg is Professor of Urban Studies at the Institute of Human Geography of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Her main research interests are the effects of neoliberal urban development on the built environment in cities.
Published
2019-06-25
How to Cite
Heeg, S. “Neoliberalism and Neoliberalization: Helpful Devices for the Analysis of Urban Development in the Middle East and North Africa”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 12, no. 1, June 2019, pp. 18-26, doi:10.17192/meta.2019.12.7834.