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Reformers and the Rentier State: Re-Evaluating the Co-Optation Mechanism in Rentier State Theory

Moritz, Jessie


The oil and gas-rich states of the Gulf Cooperation Council have long been treated as exceptional, where distributions of rent-based wealth to society assumedly preclude political dissent. Yet, by examining informal and formal opposition in Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman since 2011, this article disputes the effectiveness of this “co-optation mechanism” at the sub-national level. Drawing from 135 semi-structured interviews conducted with citizens of these states, it uncovers evidence of challenges to...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Arabian Studies
DOI: 10.1080/21534764.2018.1546933


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