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All in the Family: Absolutism, Revolution and Democratic Prospects in the Middle Eastern Monarchies

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Michael Herb proposes a new paradigm for understanding politics in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. He critiques the theory of the rentier state and argues that we must put political institutions and specifically monarchism at the center of any explanation of Gulf politics. All in the Family provides a compelling and fresh analysis of the importance of monarchism in the region, ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 27th 1999 by State University of New York Press
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Assem Salih
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
يقدم مايكل هيرب فكرته عن طبيعة الانظمة الملكية في الخليج و الشرق الاوسط و يسعى لتفسير اسباب بقائها طول هذا الوقت. الكتاب صدر في اواخر التسعينات اي بعد نحو عقد على سقوط الاتحاد السوفييتي و انتهاء حرب الخليج و هو وقت ميت نسبياً. و مع ذلك تظل الافكار التي طرحها الكتاب صالحة حتى بعد مرور المنطقة بحدثين تاريخيين و هما ما يعرف بالحرب على الإرهاب و ثورات الربيع العربي. يرى هيرب بأن معظم الأعمال التي سعت لتفسير بقاء الانظمة الملكية في الخليج ارتكزت على نظرية "الدولة الريعية" و فكرتها بأنه لا مشاركة سياس ...more
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May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was a fascinating read largely because of when it's written -- 1997. Taking even one puny country, Bahrain, and checking the delta it has undergone from '97 to '11... WOW. (Especially since the Arab Spring.) And yet, Herb's analyses largely hold up, and therefore only strengthen his argument that a specific regime shape is more inherently stable -- the kind of abstracted poli-sci theory that made me despair of my international relations major and concentrate on Middle Eastern area stud ...more
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