Good Governance in the Middle East Oil Monarchies by Tom Najem

By Tom Najem

The idea that of 'good governance' is of accelerating value, and is utilized by overseas firms to make sure moderate conformity to excessive criteria in states which perform the worldwide buying and selling regime and different overseas actions. This booklet examines the idea that of fine governance and the way it really is utilized within the states of the Gulf Co-operation Council. those states are rather very important as a result of their strategic situation and big oil wealth. furthermore, as monarchies, as a rule with out robust democratic consultant our bodies, and as Islamic nations, with a special outlook from international locations of the West, Western criteria of fine governance may have to be changed to ensure that them to be carried out successfully.

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30 Many critics of good governance have suggested that, apart from insubstantial ideological rhetoric about the long-term benefits of the world economy and the importance of cultural sensitivity, there is actually very little difference between the two paradigms. If this line of argument is valid, then good governance is vulnerable to much of the criticism formerly directed at the modernisation paradigm, and one must question if it really adds anything new to existing theories of development. , and the development of democratic institutions and modes of behaviour in a society.

The fashion to juxtapose the majority Shi‘a community with the ruling Sunni minority has most probably overemphasised the sectarian nature of the opposition in the past. One can easily recognise the unity in demands for greater political reform and economic inclusion in the policies of the state from both communities. Political reform Sheikh Hamad’s ascension to power in March 1999 led to a new dialogue between the state and opposition. Bahrain was caught up in the theatre of the absurd during Sheikh Hamad’s first few months of office, as the BFM called for the suspension of protests as a sign of goodwill and the government released 300 jailed political activists the following May.

The critical question for this study is whether the reforms implemented to date can be undone, if necessary. Or has the reform process reached a no-turning point, as Ehteshami hints in his introduction. Alternatively, the subsequent drop in the price of oil could diminish the political leverage of the ruling families and act as a fillip to political reform. The reform process in the GCC states, as suggested by Najem and Ehteshami, is sensitive to a more complex range of variables than most regions of the world, and the impact of the war against terrorism has not been lost on decision-makers, analysts and terrorists.

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