I wrote a review of Galal Amin‘s book: Egypt and Egyptians in the Mubarak. The book is rife with contradictions, arbitrary judgments and a strong nostalgic tone.
In the book, Amin uses the “soft state” theory developed by Swedish Nobel Laureate economist Gunnar Myrdal to explain the 25 January revolution. A “soft state” is one that’s unwilling to perform its main functions – namely preserving law and order – leaving mediocrity and lawlessness to prevail. According to Myrdal in his seminal 1968 book, Asian Drama, there’s no respect for the law in such a state, and breaking legal codes is the cultural norm.