Fixing the Kingdom: Political Evolution and Socio-Economic Challenges in Bahrain

CIRS Occasional Papers, 2010

25 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2016

Date Written: August 18, 2010

Abstract

Bahrain has entered into a more ‘progressive’ phase of its history under King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Various parliamentary and legislative restructuring, in addition to discernable changes within civil society, have taken place. Yet genuine socio-economic challenges remain on the horizon, which may pose risks to the political order. The reforms were driven by a recognition that far reaching political and economic changes were needed in order to combat the risk of a return to the widespread riots that Bahrain was plagued with during the late 1990s. The focus of this study is to show that internal power politics within Bahrain’s ruling elite largely explain the manner in which the reforms have been implemented in the initial years of King Hamad’s reign. A key aspect of this was a desire by the King to enhance his autonomy vis-à-vis the Prime Minister through a populist mandate. This study also surveys key social and political developments in Bahrain and illustrates some of the important challenges which remain within the Kingdom.

Keywords: Bahrain, Internal power politics, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa,

Suggested Citation

Wright, Steven, Fixing the Kingdom: Political Evolution and Socio-Economic Challenges in Bahrain (August 18, 2010). CIRS Occasional Papers, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2825922 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2825922

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