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Prospects For Democratization In The Oil Monarchies Of The Persian Gulf, Julie Gauthier Jan 2007

Prospects For Democratization In The Oil Monarchies Of The Persian Gulf, Julie Gauthier

LSU Master's Theses

The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (G.C.C.) represent a unique subset of the Arab world, with many common cultural, political, and economic characteristics. This research project is designed to assess the prospects for future democratization in these oil-rich monarchies. Contrary to many other Arab States, these nations have several advantages that bode well for future liberalization, including small, highly educated populations and vast resources. Several have young, progressive-minded rulers who are competing against each other regionally to be more modern and prestigious and enjoy increased influence. Further, these rulers face tremendous pressure to create jobs and opportunity ...