POMEPS Studies 45: Labor and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa

Economic grievances were at the heart of the Arab uprisings which erupted a decade ago. The centrality of those grievances and the workers articulating them has led to a growing research community focused on organized labor in the Middle East and North Africa. In April 2021, Dina Bishara and Ian Hartshorn convened a virtual workshop through Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations bringing together a wide range of scholars writing in the area. POMEPS then invited those participants, as well as others who had not presented papers, to participate in a follow-on workshop to continue the discussion in September 2021.  The papers in this collection are one of the fruits of this increasingly robust scholarly network.



Introduction: Labor and Politics in MENA

Dina Bishara, Cornell University

Ian Hartshorn, University of Nevada, Reno

Marc Lynch, The George Washington University

Youth Employment Transitions in the Egyptian Market- Has anything changed? A Study on Youth Employment Dynamics using the Egyptian Labor Market Panel Surveys between 1998 and 2018

Samar Abdelmageed, The British University in Egypt (BUE)

COVID-19 and Algeria’s Labor Movement

Ashley Anderson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Who are unions for? Snapshots of union-activist relations in Redeyef, Tunisia, in the late Ben Ali era

Chantal Berman, Georgetown University

Youth and Labor Discourses in the MENA region: A Tournament of Narratives and their Implications

Nada Berrada, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Unemployed and Unaware? Communicating Labor Policy Changes to the Saudi Workforce

Ahmad Binobaid, King Saud University

Jonas Draege, Oslo New University College

Andrew Leber, Harvard University

The Case of Turkish Labor Mediation: Disenfranchising the Workers

Doga Eralp, American University

The emergence of labour market outsiders among GCC citizens

Steffen Hertog, London School of Economics

The Landscape of Labor Protest in Jordan: Between State Repression and Popular Solidarity

Matthew Lacouture, University of Chicago

Do Higher Education Scholarships Enhance Social Mobility? A Case from Egypt on Scholars Transition to Decent Work

Amal Mowafy, USAID Scholars Activity, The American University of Cairo (AUC)

AbdelRahman Nagy, Sawiris Foundation for Social Development

The Many Leverages of Tunisian Labor

Ahmad Al-Sholi, Stony Brook University

To regulate or not to regulate? Jordan’s approach to digital ride-hailing platform Careem

Tina Zintl, German Development Institute (DIE)