Bread and its subsidy: Some reflections

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The provision of foodstuffs has long been a feature of relations between rulers and ruled. Today, bread subsidies are one of the most ubiquitous welfare programs in the Middle East and North Africa. Yet while bread’s importance is apparent to inhabitants of the region scholars remain, for the most part, unable to understand or explain the foodstuff’s significance, meaning and magnitude beyond fuzzy notions of a social contract. Questions abound.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Middle East Politics
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781315170688
ISBN (Print)1032237171, 9781032237176
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2020

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