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The role of tribal and kinship ties in the politics of the United Arab Emirates

A conceptual framework for considering the issues of tribe and state is provided in Chapter Two. The UAE's government and economy are very heavily rentier-based, and this phenomenon is highlighted by the estimates of the small population of nationals. The calculations of the size of the UAE's approximately 40 tribes further provides the data needed to analyze the role of tribes in politics. The role of tribes in each emirate is considered separately in Chapters Three to Six, with most attention given to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in light of their greater wealth, power, and domination of the federal structure.

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  • "A conceptual framework for considering the issues of tribe and state is provided in Chapter Two. The UAE's government and economy are very heavily rentier-based, and this phenomenon is highlighted by the estimates of the small population of nationals. The calculations of the size of the UAE's approximately 40 tribes further provides the data needed to analyze the role of tribes in politics. The role of tribes in each emirate is considered separately in Chapters Three to Six, with most attention given to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in light of their greater wealth, power, and domination of the federal structure."@en
  • "The research for the dissertation results from the author's interviews and discussions with UAE nationals and expatriates during three years' residence, work, and travel in the country from 1993 until 1996. Observations and research were informed by a review of the available publications on the UAE, much of which is provided as an indexed description of the tribes in Annex 3. By researching, analyzing, and delineating the relative importance, in terms of political and economic power, of the government positions at both the federal and emirate levels, and determining the tribal and kinship affiliations of the occupants of those positions, a fairly clear picture of the deep influence of tribal and kinship considerations in the politics of the country emerges."@en
  • "This study examines role of tribal and kinship ties in the politics of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Tribal and kinship considerations are investigated in the political systems within the UAE's seven constituent emirates as well as at the level of the federal government. The thesis of this dissertation, provided in Chapter One, is that tribal and kinship considerations dominate the internal struggle for political power in the UAE to a remarkable degree, even in comparison to similar oil-rich, traditional Arab monarchies. Several factors, including the small population of nationals, the relatively vast reserves of oil, the history of the region, and the provisions in the federal constitution for the autonomy of the constituent emirates, have combined to allow tribal and kinship ties to play an unusually prominent role in the politics of the country. For reasons outlined in the dissertation, the UAE's leadership does not avail itself of the methods for overcoming the drawbacks of tribal models for government, relying instead on great per capita oil wealth to counteract these inherent weaknesses."@en

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