State-society dialogue in Saudi Arabia is one of the most contested issues in the country today, and yet very little is known about this process. Assessing the extent to which the Saudi Arabia National Dialogue process and activities of the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) represent a viable attempt to address socio-political issues, the author here examines for the first time whether the ongoing National Dialogue process accurately reflects the aspirations and concerns of contemporary Saudi society, covering issues from women's empowerment to employment and public health. What are the impacts of National Dialogue on socio-political development? How does it relate to wider regime strategies and to the evolution of the Saudi polity? Based on approximately 120 interviews conducted in Saudi Arabia from 2009 to 2011, this book explores the effects and consequences of Saudi National Dialogue, and questions to what extent wider ideological debate is possible in the Kingdom.
|Publisher:||I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited|
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About the Author
Mark Thompson completed his Ph.D in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter, UK. He is Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (Saudi Arabia).
Table of Contents
1. The Transition from a Patrimonial State to a Hegemonic State
2. State and Society: Key State Actors, Non-State Actors and Constituencies
3. The Genesis of the King Abdullah Center for National Dialogue
4. Saudi National Dialogue and Saudi Constituencies I: Dominant Ideology, Political Space and Religious Minorities
5. Saudi National Dialogue and Saudi Constituencies II: Kacnd and Societal Constituencies
6. Indirect Consequences of the Saudi National Dialogue
Conclusion: an Instituionalised form of Expression of Opinion