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War and State Building in the Middle East
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War and State Building in the Middle East

Rolf Schwarz

Abstract

This book addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the authoritarian-regime governments commonly found in the Middle East, particularly among oil-rich countries. In this region, war has interacted with processes of state making in ways that fundamentally differ from the European experience. In short, unlike in Europe, wars do not make states in the Middle East; they destroy them. According to economic theory, most oil-rich countries are rentier states; that is, they rely upon the extraction of a natural resource to generate revenue and authority for the central government. As a result, there ... More

Keywords: War, failed state, development, Arab Spring, democracy, Middle East, North Africa, state formation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813037929
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037929.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rolf Schwarz, author