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El-Katiri, Laura, Fattouh, Bassam and Segal, Paul (2011) Anatomy of an Oil-Based Welfare State: Rent Distribution in Kuwait. London: London School of Economics.

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Oil wealth has transformed Kuwait within decades from a modest, trade-based desert emirate into a modern city-state. It has also created a relatively egalitarian economy based on an extensive distributive system that provides Kuwaiti citizens with essential services including free healthcare, education and social security. Therefore, the most important fact about Kuwait’s oil wealth is that it has been successfully used to benefit its citizens. This feat has been achieved through a broad distributive welfare state. Nevertheless, Kuwait’s policies of rent distribution have developed in an ad hoc manner into an uncoordinated system. Some of Kuwait’s policies of rent distribution, such as subsidizing utilities and providing public employment, have resulted in substantial distortions, inefficiencies and institutional deficiencies, and thus there remains substantial scope for improvement.

Item Type: Monographs and Working Papers (Occasional Paper)
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies > Centre on the Politics of Energy Security (CEPES)
Copyright Statement: Copyright © Laura El-Katiri, Bassam Fattouh and Paul Segal 2011
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2012 14:29

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