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Regime Stability in Saudi Arabia

The death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud has highly actualised the question of succession, the topic of Stig Stenslie’s upcoming book Regime Stability in Saudi Arabia.

A Saudi Royal court statement on the 22nd of October 2011 delivered news of the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud of an unspecified illness. Previous media reports stated that he had been battling cancer for some years. As the first in the line of Saudi succession, his death has highly actualised the question of succession, the topic of Stig Stenslie’s upcoming book Regime Stability in Saudi Arabia.

The book examines the structure of political power amongst elites inside Saudi Arabia and how they might cope with the very serious challenge posed by succession. Presenting a new and refreshing theoretical approach that links elite integration with regime stability, the author shows that the kingdom’s royal elite is far more integrated than it has generally been given credit for.

Based on extensive field work inside Saudi Arabia, the book offers a detailed, up-to-date survey and assessment of all the key sectors of the elites in the country. The author examines how the succession process has been used in highly different circumstances - including deposition, assassination, and death by old age - and demonstrates how regime stability in Saudi Arabia rests on the royal family’s ability to unite and to solve the challenge of succession. He offers a strong analysis of intra-ruling family mechanisms and dynamics in this notoriously private royal family, and addresses the question of whether, as the number of royals rapidly grows, the elite is able to remain integrated.

Providing a rare insight into the issues facing the royal family and ruling elite in Saudi Arabia, this book will be of great interest to scholars and students of Middle Eastern politics, and Saudi Arabia in particular.
 

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  1. Regime Stability in Saudi Arabia

    The Challenge of Succession

    By Stig Stenslie

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    This book examines the structure of political power amongst elites inside Saudi Arabia and how they might cope with the very serious challenge posed by succession. Presenting a new and refreshing theoretical approach that links elite integration with regime stability, the author shows that the...

    Published November 25th 2011 by Routledge