Abstract

This research paper offers a different institutional approach to studying state-societal relations in modern Yemen. The re-conceptualization of the terms - tribe and tribalism- paved the path for a deeper investigation of the interaction between the state and the tribe. The rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh (1978-2011) was the timeline dissected in this detailed comparative historical analysis. This study unveiled the prominence of tribalism as an informal institution that governed state-societal relations in Yemen. The outcome derived out of these formal-informal interactions suggests that the tribe in Yemen is neither a friend nor a foe, but locates tribalism as a – complementary, substituting, accommodating, or competing- informal institution. The rise and demise of President Saleh displayed how tribalism can yield converging and diverging outcomes. This intriguing result encourages further research and investigation of tribalism as an informal institution shaping the political life in Yemen.

Department

Political Science Department

Degree Name

MA in Political Science

Graduation Date

Spring 6-11-2020

Submission Date

June 2020

First Advisor

Kazziha, Walid

Second Advisor

NA

Third Advisor

NA

Committee Member 1

Elnur, Ibrahim

Committee Member 2

Kassem, Maye

Committee Member 3

NA

Extent

105 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

Political Science

Rights

The author retains all rights with regard to copyright. The author certifies that written permission from the owner(s) of third-party copyrighted matter included in the thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study has been obtained. The author further certifies that IRB approval has been obtained for this thesis, or that IRB approval is not necessary for this thesis. Insofar as this thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study is an educational record as defined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 USC 1232g), the author has granted consent to disclosure of it to anyone who requests a copy. The author has granted the American University in Cairo or its agents a non-exclusive license to archive this thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study, and to make it accessible, in whole or in part, in all forms of media, now or hereafter known.

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