Michael Herb

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Georgia State University

Research Interests

My research interests are tied together by a concern with the issue of democracy in the Arab world, and especially in the Gulf monarchies. I have written on the resilience of monarchism in the Arab World, on the political consequences of oil rents, and on the political economy of rentierism in the Gulf.

Current Projects, Working Papers, Etc.

Kuwait Politics Database & other data


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All in the Family

All in the Family: Absolutism, Revolution and Democracy in the Middle Eastern Monarchies Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999.

Articles & Chapters

"A Nation of Bureaucrats: Political Participation and Economic Diversification in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates," 2009, International Journal of Middle East Studies," 41, no. 3 (August), 375-395

"Kuwait: Parliamentary Politics and Obstacles to Democracy." 2008. In Political Liberalization in the Persian Gulf. Ed. Joshua Teitelbaum. New York: Columbia University Press.

"No Representation without Taxation? Rents, Development and Democracy," 2005, Comparative Politics 37, no.3 (April): 297-317.

"Princes and Parliaments in the Arab World." 2004. Middle East Journal. 58, no. 3 (Summer): 367-384.

"Taxation and Representation," 2003, Studies in Comparative International Development, 38, no. 3 (Fall): 3-31.

"Emirs and Parliaments in the Gulf." 2002. Journal of Democracy. 13, no. 4 (October): 41-47.  

"Iran and the Shi'a of the Arab States of the Gulf." 1999. In Ethnic Conflict and International Politics in the Middle East, edited by Leonard Binder. University Press of Florida. 

Short Pieces

"A Respite In Kuwait?" Middle East Channel, foreignpolicy.com, 21 December 2012

"Monarchism Matters" Middle East Channel, foreignpolicy.com, 26 November 2012

"Parliaments in the Gulf Monarchies: A Long Way from Democracy," 2004. Arab Reform Bulletin, 2, no. 10: 7-8. Click here for a local copy, and here for the Bulletin at the Carnegie Endowment.

Office: 542 Langdale
Georgia State's Political Science Department