The social contract: an analytical tool for countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and beyond

Markus Loewe, Bernhard Trautner & Tina Zintl
The social contract is a key concept in social science literature focusing on state–society relations. It refers to the “entirety of explicit or implicit agreements between all relevant societal groups and the sovereign (i.e. the government or any other actor in power), defining their rights and obligations towards each other” (Loewe & Zintl, forthcoming).
The analysis of social contracts helps the understanding of: (i) why some societal groups are socially, politically or economically better off...
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