Saudi Arabia: Power, Legitimacy and Survival.

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SAUDI ARABIA POWER, LEGITIMACY AND SURVIVAL By Tim Niblock published by Routledge ISBN 0 415 30310 9 price 17.99 [pounds sterling] paperback

Saudi Arabia provides a clear, concise yet analytical account of the development of the Saudi state. It details the country's historical and religious background, its oil rentier economy and its international role, showing how they interact to create the dynamics of the contemporary Saudi state.

The development of the state is traced through three stages: the formative period prior to 1962; the centralisation of the state, and the initiation of intensive economic development, between 1962 and 1979; the re-shaping of the state over the years since 1979. Emphasis is placed on...

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