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The origins of Kuwait’s national assembly

Herb, Michael (2016) The origins of Kuwait’s national assembly. Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States (39). London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Why does Kuwait have a powerful national parliament while the other Gulf monarchies do not? In this paper I explore several explanations for Kuwait’s National Assembly, addressing works by Jill Crystal, Sean Yom and others. I argue that the Iraqi threat had a crucial role during two historical episodes: the writing of the constitution in 1962, and the restoration of the constitution after liberation from Iraqi occupation. In the conclusion, I explore the lessons of the Kuwaiti case for the prospects for reform in the other five oil-rich monarchies of the Gulf. This paper draws on research presented in my book The Wages of Oil: Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE (2014).

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2016 12:12
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:26

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