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Diversified but marginal: The GCC private sector as an economic and political force

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 the 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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Event Details

LSE MIDDLE EAST CENTRE AND KUWAIT PROGRAMME PUBLIC SEMINAR

Speaker: Dr Steffen Hertog, LSE
Chair:  Professor Toby Dodge, LSE 
Date:  Wednesday 5 March 2014
Time: 16.30-18.00
Location:  Room 2.04, New Academic Building, LSE|
Attendance: This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. Our events are very well attended, please make sure to arrive early. We cannot guarantee entry


Speaker

Steffen Hertog

Dr Steffen Hertog is Associate Professor in Comparative Politics in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He joined the Government Department in 2010 as a lecturer. He was previously Kuwait Professor at Sciences Po Paris, lecturer in political economy at the University of Durham and post-doctoral research fellow at Princeton University. He holds an MA from the University of Bonn, an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.

 
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