Oman Under Qaboos: From Coup to Constitution, 1970-1996

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This is an examination of the political, economic and social develoment of the Sultanate of oman from the accession fo Sultan Qaboos b Sa'id Al-Sa'id in a palace coup in 1970 to the promulgation of the basic law in November 1996. it looks at Oman within the context of the rentier model and argues that the sultanate diverges markedly from that model as the royal family has not utilized oil income to consolidate its control over the country but that, due to the patriarchal tradition of sultantal govenrment and the historical role of commercial, tribal and religoius elites, the Al-Sa'id have been forced to share power with those important elements of society.
 

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Contents

The Reign of Said b Taimur and the Beginnings of the
1
Omani Political Development
34
The Dhofar War and Omani Military and Security
65
Planning Finance and the Business Environment
99
Natural Resources and Industrial Development
122
Infrastructure and Human Resource Development
155
Foreign Policy under Sultan Qaboos
180
Rentier State or Rechtsstaat?
216
Bibliography
237
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W. Lynn Rigsbee is associate professor of political science at Marshall University in Huntingdon, West Virginia.

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