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IDS Bulletin Vol. 18 Nos. 4

The Algerian Constitution and the Restructuring of State?capitalism

Published on 1 October 1987

Summary Summary Since 1981, the Algerian government of President Chadli Bendjedid has been carrying out a major and multi?faceted programme of economic restructuring and liberalisation, swinging away from the rigorously socialist approach of the Boumediene government in the 1970s. This article examines the relationship between this reorientation of policy and the particular character of the Algerian state. It identifies the constitutive principle of the Algerian state and shows that, whereas the attempted transition to socialism under Boumediene began to transgress these principles, the economic policy of Chadlism represents the reassertion of these principles at the expense of the state’s avowed commitment to socialism. Resumen Resumen La constitución argelina y la reestructuración del capitalismo de estado Desde 1981 el gobierno argelino del presidente Chadli Bendjedid ha impulsado un gran y multifacético programa de reestructuración y liberalización económica, desligándose del enfoque rigurosamente socialista del gobierno de Boumediene en la década de 1970. Este artículo examina las relaciones entre esta reorientación política y el carácter particular del estado argelino. Identifica el principio constitutivo del estado argelino y muestra que, mientras la transición al socialismo intentada por Boumediene comenzó a trasgredir estos principios, la política económica de Chadli representa la reafirmación de éstos a expensas del voceado compromiso estatal con el socialismo.

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Roberts, H. (1987) The Algerian Constitution and the Restructuring of State?capitalism. IDS Bulletin 18(4): 51-56

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Institute of Development Studies
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Roberts, Hugh

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