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A quest for significance: Gulf oil monarchies' international 'soft power' strategies and their local urban dimensions

Hertog, Steffen (2017) A quest for significance: Gulf oil monarchies' international 'soft power' strategies and their local urban dimensions. LSE Kuwait Programme Paper Series, 42. The London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Kuwait Programme, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper documents how the GCC oil monarchies have been using their oil wealth to buy the accoutrements of ‘good citizenship’ and ‘progressiveness’ in the international arena through costly policy projects that involve urban interventions like the building of international museums, universities and ‘zero-carbon cities’ – urban enclaves with an audience that is almost exclusively international. The paper explains how these projects reflect a desire to comply with Westerndefined ‘liberal’ international norms and tastes to gain international recognition, shows how they reflect broader patterns of segmented state building in the Gulf, and explores some of the social tensions they create locally.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/middleEastCentre/kuwait/home....
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Collections > Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2017 15:27
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2017 08:42
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69883

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