On this week’s conversation, Marc Lynch speaks with Steffen Hertog about the current economic situation and challenges faced in the GCC, specifically Saudi Arabia’s recent reforms in subsidies for citizens and public sector employment.
Steffen Hertog is an associate professor in comparative politics in the department of government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 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.
Music for this season’s podcast was created by Feras Arrabi. You can find more of his work on his Facebook and Instagram page.
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Read More from Hertog:
Back to the 70s? Saudi youth and the Kingdom’s political economy after the Arab uprisings, Oil States in the New Middle East: Uprisings and Stability.
Arab Gulf states: an assessment of nationalisation policies GLMM Research Paper, 1. Gulf Labour Markets and Migration Programme , Badia Fiesolana, Italy.
State and private sector in the GCC after the Arab uprisings Journal of Arabian Studies.
Saudi Aramco as a national development agent: recent shifts Policy brief: August 2013, Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre.
State-owned enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa: engines of development and competitiveness? OECD.
Introduction: the role of MENA business in policy-making and political transitions Business Politics in the Middle East.
The private sector and reform in the Gulf Cooperation Council LSE Kuwait Programme.