Fixing the Kingdom: Political Evolution and Socio-Economic Challenges in Bahrain

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Author Wright, Steven en_US
Available date 2011-10-18T07:30:22Z en_US
Publication Date 2008 en_US
Citation Wright, S. (2008). Fixing the Kingdom : Political Evolution and Socio-Economic Challenges in Bahrain. Center for International and Regional Studies. en_US
ISSN 2072-5957 en_US
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10576/10759 en_US
Abstract Bahrain has entered into a more ‘progressive’ phase of its history under King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Various parliamentary and legislative restructuring, in addition to discernable changes within civil society, have taken place. Yet genuine socio-economic challenges remain on the horizon, which may pose risks to the political order. The reforms were driven by a recognition that far reaching political and economic changes were needed in order to combat the risk of a return to the widespread riots that Bahrain was plagued with during the late 1990s. The focus of this study is to show that internal power politics within Bahrain’s ruling elite largely explain the manner in which the reforms have been implemented in the initial years of King Hamad’s reign. A key aspect of this was a desire by the King to enhance his autonomy vis-à-vis the Prime Minister through a populist mandate. This study also surveys key social and political developments in Bahrain and illustrates some of the important challenges which remain within the Kingdom. en_US
Sponsor Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar en_US
Language en en_US
Publisher Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar en_US
Subject Bahrain en_US
Subject Political reform en_US
Subject Power politics en_US
Subject Legitimacy en_US
Subject Constitutional reform en_US
Subject Geopolitics en_US
Subject Politicians and political leadership en_US
Subject Constitutional monarchy en_US
Subject Political violence en_US
Title Fixing the Kingdom: Political Evolution and Socio-Economic Challenges in Bahrain en_US
Type Article en_US


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