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The Wages of Oil: Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE

Michael Herb


The contrast between Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates today illustrates the vastly different possible futures facing the smaller states of the Gulf. Dubai's rulers dream of creating a truly global business center, a megalopolis of many millions attracting immigrants in great waves from near and far. Kuwait, meanwhile, has the most spirited and influential parliament in any of the oil-rich Gulf monarchies. This book provides a robust framework for thinking about the future of the Gulf monarchies. The Gulf has seen enormous changes in recent years, and more are to come. The book explains the ... More

Keywords: political economy, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, land, monarchies, economic development, politics, National Assembly, class divisions, citizen labor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453366
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453366.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Herb, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University