Political Liberalization in the Persian Gulf

Hardcover | July 6, 2009

EditorJoshua Teitelbaum

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The Persian (or Arab) Gulf countries produce about 30 per cent of the planet's oil, and keep in the ground around 55 per cent of its crude oil reserves, hence the stability of the region's autocratic regimes is vital to the world's economic and political future. Yet paradoxically, despite itsreputation as the most traditional of regions, the Persian Gulf holds out great promise to those who support political liberalisation. But is political liberalisation in the region part of an inexorable drive toward democratisation - or simply a means for autocratic regimes to consolidate and legitimise their rule? This book sheds new light on this fascinating trend, revealing varying levels of commitment to reform across eightGulf states as they respond to the challenges of increased wealth and education levels, a developing middle class, external actors, and competing social and political groups.

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The Persian (or Arab) Gulf countries produce about 30 per cent of the planet's oil, and keep in the ground around 55 per cent of its crude oil reserves, hence the stability of the region's autocratic regimes is vital to the world's economic and political future. Yet paradoxically, despite itsreputation as the most traditional of region...

Joshua Teitelbaum is Senior Fellow at Tel Aviv University's Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University's Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 5.71 × 8.82 × 0.91 inPublished:July 6, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199326827

ISBN - 13:9780199326822

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