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Towards a Theory of 'Late Rentierism' in the Arab States of the Gulf

Gray, Matthew


Rentier state theory (RST) gained currency in the late 1980s, and remains widely cited or accepted, as an explanation for the lack of democratization and for economic problems in oil- and gasproducing states of the Middle East. It postulates that externally-derived, unproductively-derived 'rents' such as oil and gas revenues (or fees, foreign aid, and the like) give the state autonomy from society, removing pressures for democratization, economic liberalization, and other policies in response...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Conference paper
Source: Connected Globe: Conflicting Worlds


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