Institutions and the Politics of Survival in Jordan

Domestic Responses to External Challenges, 1988-2001

By Russell E. Lucas

Subjects: Middle East Studies, International Relations, Comparative Politics, History
Series: SUNY series in Middle Eastern Studies
Paperback : 9780791464465, 201 pages, June 2006
Hardcover : 9780791464458, 201 pages, May 2005

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Table of contents

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Note on Translation and Transliteration
1. Institutions and the Politics of Survival
2. Regime-Led State Building in Jordan: 1921–1988
3. Economic Crisis and Political Liberalization
4. Institutionalizing Political Liberalization
5. Managing Peace and Its Discontents
6. Normalization and Structural Adjustment
7. Press Restrictions and the 1997 Elections
8. A New King and a New Intifada
9. Institutions and the Politics of Survival: An Appraisal

Explains how the Jordanian monarchy has survived economic crisis and regional political instability.


Weaving together accounts of historical developments, cultural elements, economic factors, and regional and international dynamics, Russell E. Lucas explores how the monarchy in Jordan survived economic crisis and regional political instability during the 1990s. Lucas analyzes the factors behind the successful liberalization and deliberalization of laws regulating political parties, the parliament, and the press that helped preserve the monarchy. These institutional survival strategies co-opted the opposition, kept it divided, and reinforced the unity of the regime's coalition of supporters. The author also compares survival strategies in Jordan with those of Morocco, Kuwait, Iran, and Egypt to explain the surprising durability of authoritarian regimes in the Middle East.

Russell E. Lucas is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma at Norman.