What is the role of the state in Arab economies? How have colonialism and early Islamic institutions shaped development in the region? How have socio-economic factors affected the ‘Arab spring’? How has oil wealth affected economic development and politics in the Middle East? How is climate change going to affect the region? And how have Middle Eastern economies engaged with globalisation? The course seeks to answer these and related questions by critically examining theoretical approaches in the field of political economy and applying them to the Middle East.
Designed as a broad introduction to the political economy of the region, the course is organised thematically and analyses various Middle Eastern case studies through the lens of comparative and international political economy. Doing so will familiarise students with key concepts in the field of political economy, such as rentier and developmental state, crony capitalism, patronage and clientelism, while assessing their applicability in the context of the Middle East. We will do so both from a macro and micro perspective, looking at the institutions and actors that have shaped Middle Eastern political economy.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Dr Ferdinand Eibl
One-hour lecture and one-hour seminar weekly over twenty weeks (two terms)
Module assessment - more information
1,500-word book review (20%) and 2 x 3,000-word essays (40% each)