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Economics: Social and Welfare Policies: Central Arab States and North Africa
(1,494 words)

Social welfare programs in the Arab world have undergone a considerable transformation, due to both internal and external pressures to reform. In the early postcolonial period, programs were often universal (in the sense that they were entitlements available to all citizens, rather than targeting specific categories of individuals), and designed and implemented to provide support to the patriarchal family. Women were rarely directly targeted by these policies, although they did benefit from man…

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Olmsted, Jennifer C., “Economics: Social and Welfare Policies: Central Arab States and North Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0245a>
First published online: 2009



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