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Shaping the Saudi state: human agency’s shifting role in rentier-state formation

Hertog, Steffen (2007) Shaping the Saudi state: human agency’s shifting role in rentier-state formation. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 39 (04). pp. 539-563. ISSN 0020-7438

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0020743807071073


There are two established ways of recounting the emergence of the modern Gulf oil monarchies. The social scientific explanation describes anonymous structural forces, the “resource curse” of the “rentier state,” and how these have shaped politics and markets with their inexorable logic. The other narrative, of the popular history variety, offers romantic, personalized accounts of desert shaykhs, their whims, and the sudden riches of their families (complemented, in some less benevolent accounts, by tales of monumental corruption).

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Additional Information: © 2007 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Government
Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2010 14:43
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 01:13

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