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Anatomy of an oil-based welfare state: rent distribution in Kuwait

El-Katiri, Laura, Fattouh, Bassam and Segal, Paul (2011) Anatomy of an oil-based welfare state: rent distribution in Kuwait. Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States research papers (13). The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Oil wealth has transformed Kuwait within decades from a modest, trade-based desert emirate into a modern city-state. It has also created a relatively egalitarian economy based on an extensive distributive system that provides Kuwaiti citizens with essential services including free healthcare, education and social security. Therefore, the most important fact about Kuwait’s oil wealth is that it has been successfully used to benefit its citizens. This feat has been achieved through a broad distributive welfare state. Nevertheless, Kuwait’s policies of rent distribution have developed in an ad hoc manner into an uncoordinated system. Some of Kuwait’s policies of rent distribution, such as subsidizing utilities and providing public employment, have resulted in substantial distortions, inefficiencies and institutional deficiencies, and thus there remains substantial scope for improvement.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/IDEAS/Home.aspx
Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Collections > Kuwait Programme
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2014 14:45
Last Modified: 26 May 2019 23:21
Projects: Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States
Funders: Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/55663

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