The Impact of Modernization in Saudi Arabia.
ARMY MILITARY PERSONNEL CENTER ALEXANDRIA VA
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The Saudi leadership has greatly emphasized economic development in modernization efforts. Though development is readily measured in economic terms, the social impact of modernization is even more critical. Rapid changes in the configuration of power among elites can evoke a period of political instability which may invite foreign intervention. Personal interviews with Saudis coupled with general trends indicate changes in values and behavior among the society. As the momentum of modernization increases, risks of disorientation and elite confrontation become inevitable. Dual standards of behavior currently suggest a transition from traditional values to modernity. The loss of tradition in Saudi Arabia removes the legitimacy of the monarchy. Accomodation of innovations will require greater dependence upon bureaucratic and military elites by the ruling family. Such reconfiguration of power will serve to alienate the conservative elites and promote unrest among the populace. Added flexibility in government must be introduced at this stage or future problems will arise beyond the cure of money. Author
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