in: Kalamoon (22), 215-228
Using the political economy analysis, we tried to understand the dynamics of the real estate development project in Al-Haidariya neighborhood (Aleppo city). We explored the structural and contextual constants that frame the economic and political developments and the interaction between economic interests and political authority embodied in formal and informal institutions. The study had two concerns: scientific and policy. On the scientific side, the study tried to enrich the political-economy approach by applying it to real estate development in the context of conflict that has not been done previously. On the policy side, the study attempted to explore the possibility of recommending specific interventions by interested parties. The qualitative data was collected through semi-structured interviews with 10 experts. The findings of the study indicated that the basic logic of the political economy of the regime is what governs the project on the ground. The regime sacrifices economic efficiency and healthy reconstruction for the sake of the continuity in power, and promotes the interests of those affiliated with it at the expense of the interests of the majority of the neighborhood’s residents. Accordingly, some suggestions were proposed to help mitigate the negative effects of the project.