Society and State in the Gulf and Arab Peninsula: A Different Perspective

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Routledge, May 9, 2012 - Reference - 206 pages

This book is both a history and contemporary analysis. Charting the main turnpoints as the growth of cities, trade routes, the petroleum industry and growth of the authoritarian state the author argues that central bureaucratic control is limiting growth. He describes the state as governed by the interests of the ruling family who continue to block opportunities for social mobility. He is also critical of the lack of a broad, productive base in the economy, the export of capital and its effect on investment in local resources, as well as the technological dependence on the West.

 

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Contents

Current Writings About the Region
1
2 The Natural State Thesis of Society in the Gulf and Arab Peninsula
6
3 Gulf and Arab Peninsula Society in The Grand Imperial Design
25
4 The Pax Britannica Era and the Decline of the Natural State Economy
47
5 From Rentier to Authoritarian State
65
6 The Authoritarian State in the Gulf and Arab Peninsula
91
the Looming Crisis in Gulf and Arab Peninsula Society
119
Statistical Appendix
136
Notes
140
Bibliography
177
Index
195
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