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Book Launch: Dina Bishara, “Contesting Authoritarianism: Labor Challenges to the State in Egypt”

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Institute for Middle East Studies

In this book, Bishara examines the relationship between labour organizations and the state in Egypt to shed light on how political change occurs within an authoritarian government, and to show how ordinary Egyptians perceive the government’s rule. Moving beyond conventional accounts of top-down control, this book explores when and how institutions designed for political control become contested from below.


  • Dina Bishara is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama. Her research focuses on state-labor relations, social and protest movements under authoritarian rule, and transitions from authoritarian rule. Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Dina was the Jarvis Doctorow Research Fellow in the Politics and International Relations of the Middle East at the University of Oxford and a Research Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the George Washington University. Dina was an associate at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and former postdoctoral research fellow (2015-2016).