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

Hertog, S. (2007) 'Shaping the Saudi state : human agency's shifting role in rentier-state formation.', International journal of Middle East studies., 39 (4). pp. 539-563.


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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Keywords:Gulf oil monarchies, Rentier state, Resource curse.
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Publisher statement:This paper has been published in a revised form, subsequent to editorial input by Cambridge University Press, in "International journal of Middle East studies" (39: 4 (2007) 539-563), © 2007 Cambridge University Press
Record Created:24 Sep 2008
Last Modified:07 Sep 2011 11:50

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