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Political Economy Dynamics in the Arab Gulf States: Implications for Political Transition

Gray, Matthew


Political science predicts that monarchies lack the flexibility to modernize without losing power: "the king's dilemma." Yet, Gulf regimes are remarkably durable, strengthened by late-stage rentierism, entrepreneurial state capitalism, careful globalization, elite-based networks, and political narratives to manage state-society interactions. These characteristics impede socioeconomic or political reform and democratization, as political and commercial elites have strong incentives for...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: The Arab World and Iran: A turbulent region in transition
DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-55966-1_4


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