Understanding the role of renewable energy in a rentier state: the example of United Arab Emirates

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2011
Atalay, Yasemin
The overall purpose of this thesis can be put as the search for the prospects of the establishment of a renewable energy paradigm in a conventional example of an oil-rich state. The sample actor of the oil paradigm is chosen as the United Arab Emirates, as it represents the overall character of the Arab Gulf region, as well as being an appropriate example of what is termed as the ‘rentier state’. Within this framework, firstly it is aimed to shed light on the negative impacts of the oil paradigm in terms of economic problems, social imbalances, and environmental consequences. Secondly, it is sought to answer the question of what has been done for the incorporation of a renewable energy policies into various aspects of Emirati governance, ever since the country’s independence in 1971. Thirdly, the causal relationship between the country’s renewable energy policies and certain positive outcomes will be highlighted. This thesis would be informative to show whether United Arab Emirates could be a model for other rentier states of the region and beyond, towards the embracing of renewable energy paradigm in the face of depleting oil resources.
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Y. Atalay, “ Understanding the role of renewable energy in a rentier state: the example of United Arab Emirates,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.