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Public Governance and Strategic Management Capabilities

Public Governance in the Gulf States, 1st Edition

By Paul Joyce, Turki F. Al Rasheed


184 pages

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This is a book about the modernization of public governance and the development of strategic states. It focuses on six Gulf countries (United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) and presents research findings from quantitative data analysis and comparative analysis of the trends and developments of the six Gulf states.

The book analyses the workings of the governments of the Gulf States, including the way that they have tackled national development since the mid 1990s. This includes how their strategies for economic diversification have been reflected in trends in revenues from "oil rents" and whether they are still rentier states or not. Evidence is presented on key topics such as government strategies and long-term strategic visions. Careful consideration is given to reputational evidence and to the strategic process capabilities of the governments: integration and coordination of government machinery, mobilizing public and private stakeholders, evaluating, and adapting – all defined as strategic process capabilities. This examination of government is also used to study their performance in strategic results areas: the economy, the natural environment, and the happiness of their citizens. The countries emerge from this analysis as far from identical in terms of capabilities or in term of performance.


"This book fills a gap in comparative information on public governance by providing evidence of what is happening in the Gulf States."Richard Boyle, Institute of Public Administration, University College Dublin, Ireland

Table of Contents

Part 1: The National Level

1. Challenges for the Gulf States

2. Transitions in Public Governance

3. Contingencies and Variations

4. Constitutions and Institutions

5. Reputations for Competitiveness and Governance

6. Becoming Visionary and Strategic

7. Governing for Results

Part 2: The Supranational Level

8. The Gulf Cooperation Council

Part 3: Commentary and Conclusions

9. Summary and Conclusions

About the Authors

Paul Joyce is Visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett University, UK, an Affiliated Researcher in the Department of Public Management at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Belgium and an Associate at the Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham, UK.

Turki Faisal Al Rasheed is Visiting Professor at the Department of Agriculture and Bio-systems Engineering, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona, USA and a Visiting Research Fellow at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

The study and practice of public management has undergone profound changes across the world. Over the last quarter century, we have seen

  • the increasing criticism of public administration as the over-arching framework for the provision of public services
  • the rise (and critical appraisal) of the ‘New Public Management’ as an emergent paradigm for the provision of public services
  • the transformation of the ‘public sector’ into the cross-sectoral provision of public services
  • the growth of the governance of inter-organizational relationships as an essential element in the provision of public services

In reality these trends have not so much replaced each other as elided or co-existed together – the public policy process has not gone away as a legitimate topic of study, intra-organizational management continues to be essential to the efficient provision of public services, whist the governance of inter-organizational and inter-sectoral relationships is now essential to the effective provision of these services.

This series is dedicated to presenting and critiquing this important body of theory and empirical study. It will publish books that both explore and evaluate the emergent and developing nature of public administration, management and governance (in theory and practice) and examine the relationship with and contribution to the over-arching disciplines of management and organizational sociology. Books in the series will be of interest to academics and researchers in this field, students undertaking advanced studies, and reflective policy makers and practitioners.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business