The Political Economy of Morocco

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5
ATTITUDES, VALUES, AND THE POLITICAL PROCESS IN Morocco

MICHAEL W. SULEIMAN

There have not been many studies on the Arab world in which survey research techniques were used ( Palmer et al. 1982; Tessler 1987). Still fewer such studies have touched upon "sensitive" social and political issues (Suleiman 1985a).1 My purpose in this chapter is to summarize the results of four major surveys done in Morocco over a twelve-year period ( 1969-80), and make some brief remarks of a comparative nature.


PASCON AND BEN TAHAR

P. Pascon and M. ben Tahar( 1969) conducted a questionnaire among 296 young rural Moroccans in May and June 1969. Because it was not possible to have a scientific survey with appropriate sampling and questioning techniques, the researchers could not generalize and merely entitled their results: "What 296 Rural Youth Say." The survey was carried out in the regions of Beni Mellal, Kenitra, Marrakech and Taza, and the sample was composed of adolescent males, three-fourths of whom were fourteen-eighteen years of age, somewhat better educated and better off than their peers in the regions and villages studied. In all, ten main themes were the subject of investigation.

The first theme dealt with education. Here it was found that these young Moroccans saw a strong and general need for education and access to knowledge. Such learning would enable them to understand the world around them and also make it possible for them to avoid manual labor. Education for the young in the country, however, causes a rupture with the traditional environment and gives these individuals many aspirations and a great desire to be part of progress and the future. But neither the parents nor the local authorities can help them adapt their

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The Political Economy of Morocco
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Abbreviations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1 - King Hassan's New Morocco 1
  • Notes 33
  • 2 - Makhzen Traditions and Administrative Channels 34
  • Notes 56
  • 3 - Political Parties and Power-Sharing 59
  • Notes 82
  • 4 - Religion in Polity and Society 84
  • Notes 96
  • 5 - Attitudes, Values, and the Political Process in Morocco 98
  • Notes 116
  • 6 - The Interface Between Family and State 117
  • Note 140
  • 7 - Recent Economic Trends: Managing the Indebtedness 141
  • Note 158
  • 8 - Morocco's Agricultural Crisis 159
  • 9 - Morocco's International Economic Relations 173
  • Notes 185
  • 10 - The Impact of the Saharan Dispute on Moroccan Foreign and Domestic Policy 188
  • 11 - Image and Reality in Moroccan Political Economy 212
  • References 243
  • Index 257
  • About the Contributors 263
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