“The best Middle East political science books of 2014.”

Posted On January 26, 2015
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“Michael Herb, “The Wages of Oil: Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE”“The Wages of Oil: Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE” (Cornell University Press). The political effects of oil have long been central to the analysis of the Persian Gulf and the broader Middle East, with the rents that accrue from oil thought to retard the development of democracy and to enable the construction of large, fierce security establishments to preserve autocratic power. Herb significantly advances our understanding of the precise mechanisms by which oil rents reshape political institutions and behavior.”