ICTs and the GCC: Economic Infrastructure and Policy Control
Karimi, Mariam Ismail
Owen, Diana M
The six monarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have the advantage of a robust economic structure that assists in shaping policy and state governance. Post Arab Spring, the existence of wealth, patronage networks, and rentierism maintain information and communication technologies (ICTs) in ways that protect the state. The endurance of Arab monarchies has little to do with regional exceptionalism and is instead cemented in legacies of economic growth and privilege. To dispute exceptionality arguments and analyze the endurance of GCC states, this research examines how the economic structure of the region shapes ICT policy. By employing statistical analysis this research showcases the overlap between economic infrastructures and ICT policies in the GCC. Data demonstrates that the two are heavily intertwined, with political and economic liberalization developing alongside one another.
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