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Jordan Votes: Election or Selection?

Journal article
Authors Ellen Lust
Sami Horani
Mohammad El-Momani
Published in Journal of Democracy
Volume 22
Pages 119-129
Publication year 2011
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages 119-129
Language en
Subject categories Political Science


The 2010 Jordanian elections did not provide the fresh start toward democracy that the government had promised. Citizens continued to view candidates as potentially providing access to state resources but not as solving the country's problems. Believing people from their personal network provide them privileged support, they participated in campaigns and voted according to social relations rather than political platforms. On its part, the regime used institutional and extra-legal mechanisms to shift parliamentary seats to its core supporters and restrict access of those who call for fundamental reform. Jordanians of East Bank origin won the majority of seats, leaving the majority of Jordanian citizens largely excluded. It is thus not surprising that Jordan currently faces strong calls for change.

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