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Clients or challengers?: tribal constituents in Kuwait, Qatar, and the UAE

Freer, Courtney (2019) Clients or challengers?: tribal constituents in Kuwait, Qatar, and the UAE. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. ISSN 1353-0194

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13530194.2019.1605881


Traditional understandings of Middle Eastern politics place tribes as critical supporters of ruling families; this dynamic is considered particularly strong within the smaller Gulf states, which are oftentimes even referred to as ‘bedouinocracies’. While tribes undoubtedly hold political capital throughout the Middle East, it is uncertain to what extent they remain clients of Gulf regimes or are in fact independent, and potentially oppositional, actors. This paper examines electoral outcomes for the Kuwaiti legislature, Qatari municipal council, and Emirati consultative council to understand the extent to which major tribal groups take collective action through electoral campaigns.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2019 14:33
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:27

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