The whole procedure reflected a broader malaise in an economic system - replete with a complex network of subsidies - which tended to enrich state institutions and their backers, rather than achieve an equitable distribution of resources. The Estimate provided respite and a breathing space: an opportunity in the absence of an immediate international threat to get one's house in order; to prove to a watching international community that the social dynamism of the Iranian public has a political face and that democratisation is more than a slogan.
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