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Cairo ContestedGovernance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity$
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Diane Singerman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162886

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162886.001.0001

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

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

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(p.177) 6 Cairo's City Government the Crisis of Local Administration and the Refusal of Urban Citizenship
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Cairo Contested
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Diane Singerman

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162886.003.0007

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

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