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Beyond the Arab SpringThe Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East$
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Mehran Kamrava

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199384419

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384419.001.0001

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Protests, Regime Stability, and State Formation in Jordan1

Protests, Regime Stability, and State Formation in Jordan1

(p.277) 10 Protests, Regime Stability, and State Formation in Jordan1
Beyond the Arab Spring

Ziad Abu-Rish

Oxford University Press

This chapter seeks to offer an alternative understanding of the persistence of the political status quo in Jordan. In short, what some analysts have referred to over the past twenty years as the “reform game” is still playing itself out in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, with little indication (thus far) of a rebellion against the conventional rules of Jordanian politics. More specifically, significant socio-political formations that hold the capacity for anti-regime collective action continue to be invested in the status quo, either as active supporters of the regime, or as an opposition that nevertheless does not question the legitimacy of the underlying political framework—even if only for strategic reasons. The argument, in sum, is that institutional and strategic relations—themselves a function of the particular history of state formation in Jordan—de-incentivize anti-regime mobilization for those forces and individuals capable of organized mass-based contentious politics, as well as reducing their capacity for anti-regime mobilizations.

Keywords:   reform game, Jordan, state formation

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