Migrants and monarchs: regime survival, state transformation and migration politics in Saudi Arabia

  title={Migrants and monarchs: regime survival, state transformation and migration politics in Saudi Arabia},
  author={H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Thiollet},
  journal={Third World Quarterly},
  pages={1645 - 1665}
  • Hélène Thiollet
  • Published 2 August 2021
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Third World Quarterly
Abstract How was the Saudi monarchy able to stave off the Arab Spring? One answer to this question lies in migration politics, which are integral to the regime’s ad hoc survival strategies. An analysis of migration politics, moreover, brings to light longstanding dynamics of state transformation in what remains one of the largest immigration countries in the world. Drawing on discourse analysis, institutional history, and ethnographic fieldwork conducted in state bureaucracies, I explore the… 

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