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By Arang Keshavarzian

The Tehran Bazaar has regularly been critical to the Iranian economic system and certainly, to the Iranian city event. Arang Keshavarzian's interesting booklet compares the economics and politics of less than the Pahlavis, who sought to undermine it within the force for modernisation and lower than the following innovative regime, which got here to energy with a mandate to maintain the bazaar as an 'Islamic' establishment. the results in their respective rules have been thoroughly at odds with their intentions. regardless of the Shah's opposed procedure, the bazaar flourished below his rule and maintained its organisational autonomy to such an quantity that it performed an crucial function within the Islamic revolution. Conversely, the Islamic Republic applied rules that unwittingly remodeled the ways that the bazaar operated, therefore undermining its capability for political mobilisation. Arang Keshavarizian's ebook gives strange insights into the politics, economics and society of Iran throughout 4 a long time.

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The state’s developmental approach and regime institutions) influence microlevel quotidian politics by altering network structures, which in turn shape the political capabilities of social groups. The analysis of the Bazaar’s declining capacity to mobilize against the state is a powerful means to indirectly infer and evaluate arguments regarding the socioeconomy of the Bazaar. The extension of the network approach to the Bazaar from the field of economic organization to political mobilization, in addition, demonstrates its analytical scope.

These informal interviews occasionally took place in front of other bazaaris who would also participate. The presence of other people (apprentices, customers, colleagues, relatives, or my friends) added a new dynamic, introducing new topics or different presentations of issues. This allowed me to evaluate information and identify sensitive topics. The length of these follow-up interviews ranged from fifteen minutes to several hours and ideally entailed several meetings. 65 Random interviews were conducted in order to offset the potential for sample bias involved in the snowballing method.

Lieberman, ‘‘Causal Influence in Historical Institutional Analysis: A Specification of Periodization Strategies,’’ Comparative Political Studies 34 (November 2001), 1011–35. 28 Bazaar and State in Iran To understand historical trajectories we have two general and complementary methods of study: one that is synchronic and is a comparison at different historical moments, and another that is diachronic and traces processes through time. g. a state, cultural practice, or economic form) is evaluated at two separate points in time in order to identify and explain the structural changes.

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