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Title: State-making in the United Arab Emirates
Author: Ghubash, M. O. S.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1994
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The central objective of this thesis is to investigate the formation and building of the UAE state, and the manner in which it guarantees its security, reproduces itself and realizes its legitimacy. The embryo of the UAE state is shown to have been conceived by a number of factors: colonial Britain, the suspected presence of oil, the influence of nationalist ideologies and the internal efforts at achieving political integration. The UAE has variously been described as a unitary state, as a federation, and as a confederation. Differences in the evaluations of the nature of the UAE are, in part, the result of a perception of it as a static rather than dynamic entity. Observers who view it as a federal state primarily relate to its first seven years of existence (1971-78), while those with a unitarian view emphasize the efforts of consolidation in the following two years (1978-79). The confederalist perception is more apt to describe the ensuing period, from 1980-94, when the cabinet, in effect, revoked its supremacy in the political life of the country in favour of the regional localities. In addition, the UAE represents a different polity to different emirates. It is a binding federal system in relation to the five small emirates, but is a confederated structure in relation to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Power in the Union has gradually been concentrated in the hands of the two major emirates, who evolved over time and acquired many features of real states, but who chose to mask their statehood by an inward-looking state-building while treating their partners in the union as members of a subsidized commonwealth.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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