Mohamed Ismail Sabry: State-Society Relations and Growth Paths in North Africa


This talk presents Mohamed Ismail Sabry’s project at MECAM’s IFG IV. The project conducts a comparative analysis of the growth paths that develop from the existing state-society relations in Tunisia and Morocco.

State-society relations are analysed based on state-business-labour relations (SBLR), the power relations between the main actors in the industrial sector of the studied countries: the state, big businesspersons (tycoons), owners and managers of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) (entrepreneurs), and labour. SBLR shape policies, regulations, legislations, and the degree of their enforcement, leading to a unique industrial policy profile for each country. The focus is on competition-related and social protection policies as arenas for potential inter-actors’ conflict. The resulting industrial policy then leads to different growth paths. In the project, the growth paths are considered in terms of a matrix of levels of long-run growth, equality, and environmental sustainability.

Tunisia and Morocco developed different SBLR in the post-colonial period and these relations are still evolving in ways that this project is trying to explore. The project adopts a comparative case studies approach, using mainly qualitative data supported by statistical data analysis.



Date: Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 14:00-15:30 (Tunis Time) // 15:00-16:30 (CEST)

Dr. Mohamed Ismail Sabry (Hochschule Fresenius, Germany // Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam // Fellow, IFG IV, MECAM)

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Richter (Institute for Middle East Studies, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg)

Moderator: Dr. Steffen Wippel (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps Universität Marburg // Coordinator, IFG IV, MECAM)

Registration Form: click here

The talk will be held in English on 1 June 2022 at the MECAM premises, c/o ISEAHT, 27, rue Florian – Borj Zouara (Bab Saadoun), Tunis, and Online via zoom. It will be commented Online by Dr. Thomas Richter (Institute for Middle East Studies, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg).

Zoom Link: click here



Jun 01 2022


14h00 - 15h30

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