Review of the hardback: 'The book is well written, theoretically grounded and substantively rich. It will find a market amongst those interested in comparative politics, political economy, public policy and US foreign policy in the Middle East.' Jill Crystal, Auburn University
Pete Moore's book is the first to examine relations between state authority and elite business representation in the Middle East. By considering the Kuwait and Jordan cases, he examines why organised business in Kuwait has been able to coordinate policy reform with state officials, while their Jordanian counterparts have generally failed, despite similar fiscal crises. The author concludes that unleashing the private sector alone is insufficient to change current political and economic arrangements when established political infrastructures remain in place.