By Sulaiman al-Farsi

The leaders of the oil-rich rentier states of the center East, and specifically within the Gulf, have hitherto frequently predicated their legitimacy on a tacit social agreement with their (much poorer) populations. This social agreement includes very little direct taxation, with a few type of subsidised residing. however the casualty of this tacit contract is usually political participation, a subject matter which has come to the vanguard within the center East following the ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011. the following, Sulaiman Al-Farsi appears on the effect the rentier nature of the Gulf States has on political participation, targeting the nexus among tribe, faith and a brand new iteration of younger, hugely trained electorate that's found in Oman. particularly exploring the idea that of shura (consultation), and the way nascent strategies of democracy within the perform of shura have impacted and formed the method of democratisation, Al-Farsi’s e-book is essential within the exam of the political discourse surrounding democratisation throughout probably the most strategically very important, yet little understood states within the heart East.

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