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The Gulf States in International Political Economy (International Political Economy Series)

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen documents the startling rise of the Arab Gulf States as regional powers with international reach and provides a definitive account of how they have become embedded in the global system of power, politics, and policy-making.

“This informed and informative book can be placed squarely at the intersection of the scholarship on international political economy and Gulf studies. This fact alone makes it a notable contribution to the burgeoning literature on the Gulf region. It also makes it a necessary one.” (Rory Miller, Journal of Arabian Studies, Vol. 7 (02), September, 2018)

“The Gulf States in International Political Economy by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen is a welcome addition to scholarship on the growing economic and political power of the six states of the Gulf Cooperation Council: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. … Ulrichsen’s treatment of the Gulf states is thorough and well-informed. This book will be an important reference for scholars and policymakers interested in GCC politics, finance and international relations.” (Dr. Karen E. Young, global Policy, globalpolicyjournal.com, June, 2016)

“This book is a thoughtful masterpiece that facilitates holistic understandings of the history, politics, economy and society of the Gulf. It offers insightful analyses of the Gulf by situating it within regional, inter-regional and international systems. It is certainly a must-read book for specialists and students of the Gulf.” – Namie Tsujigami, University of Tokyo, Japan

“The Gulf States in International Political Economy is a book we have been long waiting for: it offers a penetrating, insightful and lucid in-depth account of the myriad of challenges and dynamics of change within the contemporary Gulf region. It ranks at the forefront of scholarly excellence on the Gulf region and is therefore compulsory reading.” – Steven Wright, Qatar University, Qatar

“Exciting work on the Gulf Arab monarchies continues to emerge, taking the research and the realm of analysis well beyond the founding discussions from earlier decades regarding rentierism as the defining characteristic of the MENA region’s oil-exporting states. That literature helped us understand the initial survival and developmental strategies of the MENA oil states, and amongst them the core of the Gulf Arab monarchies. Work on the political economy of these states has continued to flourish and several recent studies have also explored the broader analytical canvass for a better understanding of these Arab monarchies. I am delighted to see that Coates Ulrichsen has made a concerted effort to add to this literature. In his new book, he provides a compelling analysis of the nature and process of change underway in these states, their global patterns of engagement, and the possible effects of the dangerous security dynamics of the region in which they are located. In what is still a growing field of research books such as this will stand out.” – Anoush Ehteshami, Durham University, UK

“In this magisterial yet eminently readable account Kristian Coates Ulrichsen sheds light on many aspects of GCC economies that are often referred to but seldom fully understood. This book is a must read for students and policy makers alike as it demystifies a number of stereotypes and illuminates important characteristics of what are complex, evolving economic systems.” – Matteo Legrenzi, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy

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