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The sociology of the Gulf rentier systems: societies of intermediaries

Hertog, Steffen (2010) The sociology of the Gulf rentier systems: societies of intermediaries. Comparative Studies in Society and History, 52 (2). pp. 282-318. ISSN 0010-4175

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Theories about the politics and economics of resource-rich or “rentier” states have been around for almost four decades now (Mahdavy 1970; Beblawi 1987; Chaudhry 1997; Humphreys et al. 2007). Political scientists and economists have argued that rents have a negative impact on levels of democracy (Luciani 1987; Ross 2001), on the quality of institutions (Chaudhry 1997; Isham et al. 2005), and on economic growth (Sachs and Warner 2001). Although much debate has been conducted over these macro-correlations, far less attention has been devoted to the causal mechanisms behind them. There is still no unified theory of rentier states, and the micro-foundations of rentier systems in particular have gone largely unexplored.

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Additional Information: © 2010 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Government
Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2010 16:55
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 02:06

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