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What's So Special about the Arabian Peninsula? A Reply to Groh and Rothschild

Michael L. Ross, University of California, mlross@polisci.ucla.edu
 
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Michael L. Ross (2012), "What's So Special about the Arabian Peninsula? A Reply to Groh and Rothschild", Quarterly Journal of Political Science: Vol. 7: No. 1, pp 89-103. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/100.00012004

Published: 22 Mar 2012
© 2012 M. L. Ross
 
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Human rights,  Women in politics,  Comparative politics,  Religion and politics
 

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My 2008 article suggested that oil wealth, but not Islam, has impeded progress towards gender equality in the Middle East. Groh and Rothschild re-examine one part of my study, which reported a statistical correlation between oil rents and female labor force participation; they argue that the "deep cultural history" of the Arabian Peninsula offers a better explanation for the observed correlations. In this brief reply, I note that they do not accurately describe my conclusions and analysis; that other evidence in the article does not support their argument; and that they have not identified what makes the Arabian Peninsula so different from the rest of the Middle East — apart from its extraordinary oil wealth.

DOI:10.1561/100.00012004

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