Policy-Making in a Transformative State

The Case of Qatar

  • M. Evren Tok
  • Lolwah R. M. Alkhater
  • Leslie A. Pal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. M. Evren Tok, Lolwah R M Alkhater, Leslie A. Pal
    Pages 1-35
  3. Hassan Al-Sayed
    Pages 37-63
  4. Jocelyn Sage Mitchell, Leslie A. Pal
    Pages 65-96
  5. Lolwah R M Alkhater
    Pages 97-130
  6. Ashraf M. Salama, Florian Wiedmann
    Pages 155-177
  7. Faleh Mohamed Hussain Ali, Orsida Gjebrea, Chloe Sifton, Abdulrahman Alkuwari, Rifat Atun
    Pages 179-212
  8. Lina M. Kassem, Esraa Al-Muftah
    Pages 213-239
  9. Amal Mohammed Al-Malki
    Pages 241-269
  10. Abdulaziz Al Horr, Ghalia Al Thani, M. Evren Tok, Hany Besada, Ben O’Bright, Jason McSparren
    Pages 347-365
  11. Lolwah R. M. Alkhater, M. Evren Tok, Leslie A. Pal
    Pages 367-393
  12. Lina M. Kassem, Esraa Al-Muftah
    Pages E1-E1
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 395-405

About this book


This book explores, in a series of detailed case studies, how public policy is actually made in Qatar. While Qatar is a Gulf monarchy, its governance is complex. Other analysts have tried to come to grips with this complexity using qualified descriptions of the system such as 'late rentier,' 'pluralized autocracy,' 'tribal democracy,' or 'soft authoritarian.' The authors of the volume use the lens of a transformative state. Qatar is deliberately engaged in a rapid process of radical economic and societal transformation. That process has its contradictions and tensions, particularly with regards to achieving a balance between Islam, social traditions, and modernity.  This book explores how it also has a specific policy dynamic of generating ideas and institutions, developing policy and program designs, implementation and coordination.


Gulf Middle East Oil LNG Policy transfer FIFA Development Education Infrastructure Social policy Human capital water-food-energy security Diversification International Relations

Editors and affiliations

  • M. Evren Tok
    • 1
  • Lolwah R. M. Alkhater
    • 2
  • Leslie A. Pal
    • 3
  1. 1.Hamad Bin Khalifa UniversityDohaQatar
  2. 2.Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community DevelopmentDohaQatar
  3. 3.Carleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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