The project will evaluate and assess the existing social safety net eco-system in Kuwait in terms of existing legal, fiscal and institutional setup, policies, programmes and their implementation arrangements and the degree of their effectiveness and impact of the current social contract.
Professor Hertog will conduct an international literature review, concluding the project with evidence-based policy recommendations.
The project will break new ground in the investigation of social security systems in oil-rich, high-rent countries, which are often described as ”welfare states” without closer investigation of the specific mechanisms of welfare and wealth sharing. It will look particularly at the interplay of formal social safety policies with de facto welfare policies like energy subsidies and excess government employment, thereby analysing the political economy of wealth distribution in Kuwait and how it constrains fiscal and economic policy reforms.
Steffen is an Associate Professor in Comparative Politics in the Department of Government at the LSE.
Ferdinand is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at King's College.
Lars Bo Pedersen
Lars Bo is studying at the University of Copenhagen.