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The Coming Economic Implosion of Saudi Arabia

A Behavioral Perspective

  • David Cowan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. David Cowan
    Pages 1-19
  3. Economic Implosion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. David Cowan
      Pages 23-51
    3. David Cowan
      Pages 53-78
    4. David Cowan
      Pages 79-101
  4. Political Implosion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. David Cowan
      Pages 105-131
    3. David Cowan
      Pages 133-157
    4. David Cowan
      Pages 159-179
  5. Religious Implosion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. David Cowan
      Pages 183-203
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      Pages 205-229
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      Pages 231-250
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. David Cowan
      Pages 253-278
    3. David Cowan
      Pages 279-309
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 311-317

About this book

Introduction

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is at a crossroads economically, and faces the challenge of a weakening economy that could implode before 2030, the year set as a timetable by the kingdom in its Vision 2030. How it navigates its way out of these economic troubles demands understanding a complex of religious, political and economic factors, which currently makes it one of the most unpredictable states in the world and, by the same token, one of the most fascinating. The problem of the Saudi economy cannot simply be argued economically, it needs political and religious solutions as well. Cowan takes a behavioural approach to analysing the Saudi economy. Predicting an implosion under the weight of its own ideologically-fuelled economy if it does not reset its agenda, this interdisciplinary book provides important insights into Saudi Arabia's position in the Islamic world and global economy.

Keywords

Political theology Political economy Saudi economics Islamic finance American Islam Behavioural economics Saudi welfare state Saudi economy Global Islam Arab cold war Saudization program Saudi Fideism Islamic Political Theology Secularization Oil dependency

Authors and affiliations

  • David Cowan
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston CollegeBoston, MAUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74709-5
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74708-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74709-5
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