The year 2022 marks the fortieth anniversary of the 1982 Mexican debt crisis, the first of a long series of financial turbulences that would soon spread to most of the developing world and beyond. Ever since, international historiography has produced a wide arrange of analyses that, despite their diversity, came to see the 1980s international debt crisis as a momentous event through which the United States and Western Europe reimposed their financial hegemony over the decolonised world and socialist camp. The contributions to this special issue of Middle Eastern Studies primarily aim at reassessing the process that brought economic neoliberalism throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in the context of debt crises. In particular, they challenge ‘teleological’ views that see the opening to market economy as a result of the creditors’ agenda, thus depriving actors in debtor countries of their agency. The essays published herein explore the levers, instruments and policy-making process to which debtor states resorted to shape their own integration process in the global neoliberal economy.

The international ‘debt crisis’ of the 1980s in the Middle East and North Africa: a review, an outline

Trentin M
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2022

Abstract

The year 2022 marks the fortieth anniversary of the 1982 Mexican debt crisis, the first of a long series of financial turbulences that would soon spread to most of the developing world and beyond. Ever since, international historiography has produced a wide arrange of analyses that, despite their diversity, came to see the 1980s international debt crisis as a momentous event through which the United States and Western Europe reimposed their financial hegemony over the decolonised world and socialist camp. The contributions to this special issue of Middle Eastern Studies primarily aim at reassessing the process that brought economic neoliberalism throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in the context of debt crises. In particular, they challenge ‘teleological’ views that see the opening to market economy as a result of the creditors’ agenda, thus depriving actors in debtor countries of their agency. The essays published herein explore the levers, instruments and policy-making process to which debtor states resorted to shape their own integration process in the global neoliberal economy.
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