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Cairo's City Government the Crisis of Local Administration and the Refusal of Urban Citizenship

Diane Singerman

in Cairo Contested

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162886
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970351 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162886.003.0007
Cairo's City Government the Crisis of Local Administration and the Refusal of Urban Citizenship

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This chapter argues that municipal government has little more than the “power of propositions” as they draw up plan after master plan to improve the city but actually have limited financial resources and authority to implement such visions. Its point is not to draw a complete and exhaustive picture of the administrative and political management of Cairo, but rather to highlight the political and administrative origins of this crisis of local government. It specifically demonstrates that the Egyptian government refuses to reform its local administration effectively because it refuses to accord political power to the local government and to allow for citizen participation. This refusal is part of a complex trend toward informal and apolitical decentralization. In addition, it investigates why the Egyptian state continues to privatize rather than “politicize” local government, and the social unrest and administrative paralysis that arises from this trend.

Keywords: Cairo; Egyptian government; political power; local administration; decentralization; citizenship; local government

Chapter.  9155 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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