Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

In October 2013, Kuwait’s Prime Minister Jabir al-Mubarak introduced his government’s agenda with a bombshell -- that “the current welfare state to which Kuwaitis are accustomed is not viable.” [1] Government projections estimate that expenditures will exceed oil revenues in only a few years if spending continues at the current rate. Analysis by the International Monetary Fund confirms that this event could happen as early as 2017. [2] The following month, the government declared it would review $16 billion in annual subsidies on goods and services, a spending program that accounts for 22 percent of the budget.

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How to cite this article:

Madeleine Wells, Rivka Azoulay "Contesting Welfare State Politics in Kuwait," Middle East Report 272 (Fall 2014).