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Diversified but Marginal: The GCC Private Sector as an Economic and Political Force

LSE IDEAS KUWAIT PROGRAMME AND LSE MIDDLE EAST CENTRE PUBLIC SEMINAR

Wednesday 5 March 2014, 16:30 - 18:00. NAB 2.04, New Academic Building LSE
Speaker: Dr Steffen Hertog. Chair: Professor Toby Dodge

Gulf private sectors contribute the majority of national capital formation and employment, and have diversified into a wide range of manufacturing and service activities. National development strategies rely on private business as a primary driver of growth and development. At the same time, however, business contributes little to economic policy-making and is isolated in national politics, regularly failing to be represented in elected bodies. This talk will explain this passive and isolated role of business by looking at how, despite all diversification, it remains structurally dependent on state spending and subsidies, and how its interests are at odds with those of GCC citizens at large.

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Speaker

Dr Steffen Hertog is a Senior Lecturer in the Government Department at the LSE. He has been researching the comparative political economy of the Gulf and Middle East for more than a decade, working with a number of local and international institutions. 

 

Chair

DodgeToby

Professor Toby Dodge is Director of the LSE Middle East Centre, Deputy Director of LSE IDEAS and a Reader in the International Relations Department at LSE.

 

 

Location

NAB 2.04, Second floor, New Academic Building, LSE map|

 

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