This book explores in depth the factors determining economic development in the Arab region. The particular factors relevant to the Arab world are also set within the context of the broad political economy of underdevelopment. The factors are identified as comprising three main groups... : economic, political administrative and socio-cultural; petroleum and regional Arab economic development are examined separately. The force and operation of each determinant is further assessed in the context of the individual countries, from which the author is able to arrive at some important conclusions concerning the interaction of these determinants and their impact upon development. First published in 1978.