'Without Sultan Qaboos, we would be Yemen': the renaissance narrative and political settlement in Oman

Sarah G. Phillips, Jennifer S. Hunt

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Abstract

Oman's developmental trajectory is a ‘positive outlier’ to most post-colonial states, particularly those with significant natural resource reserves. Its trajectory confounds many of the usual expectations surrounding the impact of rentier incomes on conflict and inclusive development. This piece attempts to disentangle the threads of Oman's apparent good fortune to reveal characteristics of its political settlement that may (and may not) have salience elsewhere. This paper spotlights the influence of narrative and the non-domestic factors that played pivotal roles in the formation and evolution of the political settlement, suggesting that both have generally been understated within the literature to date.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-660
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of International Development
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • political settlements
  • international development
  • Oman
  • state-building

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