In the past, the political order as embodied by the authority of the state has played a leading role in all economic, social and political processes. The central authority of the state has been a defining characteristic of this country Ñ as has been its role in the provision of public services and goods. Political, economic and social progress, if they are to succeed, must now rely on a collective national effort where equity becomes one of the significant forces, making a new social contract an urgent necessity. On the domestic front, democracy has become a national cause upon which all political factions and parties agree. This aspiration, while mainly a home-grown phenomenon is echoed in the international arena.
Egypt’s Human Development Report – 2005 - Page 46