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The Transformation of the Gulf

Politics, Economics and the Global Order, 1st Edition

Edited by David Held, Kristian Ulrichsen


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This book examines the political, economic and social transformation of the six member-states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the ways in which these states are both shaping, and being reshaped by, the processes of globalisation. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, the volume combines thematic chapters focusing on issues such as globalisation, nationalism and identity, political thinking, and economic diversification and redistributive policymaking with empirical chapters studying specific aspects of reform and change:

  • the emergence of governing markets
  • the rise of Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • Islamic Finance
  • the relationship between energy and sustainability
  • trends in foreign aid donorship, strategic and foreign policy formulation.

Contributions from experts in the field provide cutting-edge snapshots of a region in flux and collectively offer a roadmap of its repositioning in the global order, examining the interaction between global processes and internal dynamics of change and resistance that inject new dimensions into debates over the loci of local and global transformations and the manner in which each plays off the other.

Situating the Gulf States firmly within their global twenty-first century context, this book will hold particular appeal to theorists of globalisation as well as to scholars of comparative politics, international political economy and area studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Transformation of the Gulf David Held and Kristian Ulrichsen Part 1: The Domestic Context: Changing Dimensions of Political and Social Structures 1. The Difficult Development of Parliamentary Politics in the Gulf: Parliaments and the Process of Managed Reform in Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman Greg Power 2. Nationalism in the Gulf States Neil Partrick 3. Migration Politics in the Arabian Peninsula John Chalcraft 4. Gender and Participation in the Arab Gulf Wanda Krause 5. The Arab Gulf Moment Abdulkhaleq Abdullah Part 2: Economic Reforms and Evolution of Governing Structures 6. Governing Markets in the Gulf States Mark Thatcher 7. The Development of Islamic Finance in the Gulf Cooperation Council States Rodney Wilson 8. The Distribution of Oil Wealth: Global Experiences, and Lessons for Kuwait Laura El-Katiri, Bassam Fattouh and Paul Segal 9. Volatility, Diversification and Development in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries Miklós Koren and Silvana Tenreyro 10. Sovereign Wealth Funds in the Gulf – An Assessment Gawdat Bahgat 11. Energy and Sustainability Policies in the Gulf States Steffen Hertog and Giacomo Luciani Part 3: Internationalisation of the Gulf: Security and Foreign Policy 12. Security and Strategic Trends in the Middle East Anoushiravan Ehteshami 13. The Challenge of Transition: Gulf Security in the Twenty-First Century Kristian Ulrichsen 14. Foreign Policies with International Reach: The Case of Qatar Steven Wright 15. Trends in Gulf State Assistance to Crisis-Affected Contexts Sultan Barakat and Steven A. Zyck 16. Gulf-Pacific Asia Linkages in the Twenty-First Century: A Marriage of Convenience? Christopher Davidson

About the Editors

David Held is the Graham Wallas Chair in Political Science at the London School of Economics, UK. His main research interests include the study of globalisation, changing forms of democracy and the prospects of regional and global governance.

Kristian Ulrichsen is the Deputy Director of the Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation, and a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies