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Jordan, Rentierism and Reform

A rather interesting document courtesy of Marwan Muasher of the Carnegie Endowment for International PeaceA Decade of Struggling Reform Efforts in Jordan: The Resilience of the Rentier System:

An examination of the political reforms conducted by successive governments in Jordan over the last decade suggests that, in most cases, the king’s directives were ignored, diluted, and, at times, directly opposed. This does not imply that the objectives of this class and the monarch were always in contradiction, but suggests that the rentier system has, over time and through entrenchment, created monsters who will only acquiesce as long as the system perpetuates the old policy of favors.

These groups are therefore more likely to pursue policies that are antithetical to political reform, thus resulting in the gaps and imbalances lamented by the king’s latest letter. These rentier systems have already proven to be difficult to maintain and, in an Arab world that is increasingly demanding better governance and greater accountability, such ossified systems will come to pose significant threats to stability, particularly in resource-poor countries such as Jordan.

A much over-due study, then.

One comment on “Jordan, Rentierism and Reform

  1. Haitham Al-Sheeshany
    May 17, 2011

    I read the report, quiet bold I must say!

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