This epilogue reviews political and economic developments in Egypt during the last three decades of the twentieth century. The period witnessed a massive restructuring of the Egyptian economy that dismantled Nasser's populist state, which was based in redistributive policies enabled by its control of the economy. Between 1993 and 2006 the government privatized, either fully or partially, 239 state-owned companies, including a number of department stores. Economic liberalization resulted in an enormous proliferation of imported and mass-produced consumer goods in Egyptian urban space since the 1990s, exacerbated by the ascension of the government of businessmen in 2004 under Prime Minister Ahmad Nazif.
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