Institute for Social Science Research on Algeria

Economic Crisis and COVID-19 in Algeria : An Institutional Analysis


The outlook for the Algerian economy is grim. The vertiginous drop in hydrocarbon prices and the global health crisis caused by Covid-19 came to worsen an already fragile situation, characterised by a deep political crisis since February 22, 2019. We adopt an institutional analysis to argue that the poor management of the pandemic in Algeria is not simply a function of the erosion of the country’s institutions but is entangled with the rentier nature of formal and informal institutions, shaped by the regime’s political survival imperatives.

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