The Arab Gulf States: Steps Toward Political Participation (The Washington Papers) by J. E. Peterson
The Arab Gulf States: Steps Toward Political Participation (The Washington Papers)
Author: J. E. Peterson
Title: The Arab Gulf States: Steps Toward Political Participation (The Washington Papers)
ISBN10: 0275928810
ISBN13: 978-0275928810
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
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Publisher: Praeger (January 20, 1988)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1774 kb
Size epub: 1792 kb
Rating: 4.8 ✪
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Category: Other
Subcategory: Social Sciences

This book opens with an interesting question: Why do monarchies, which seem to be dying out everywhere else, thrive in the Middle East? The answer by Peterson, an expert on the Arabian peninsula who has already written fine books on Oman and North Yemen, is that the Emirs of the Arab Gulf have sought to be accountable to their citizens through a flexible mixture of traditional assemblies like the diwan and modern instruments like parliaments and an independent press. Peterson illustrates his argument with detailed case studies of political institutions in Kuwait and Bahrain and with looser comparisons of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. Lucid writing and fascinating anecdotes make the text accessible to undergraduates interested in the Gulf, modernization, or democratization in the Third World. Choice