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Right‐Sizing Over the Jordan: The Politics of Down‐Sizing Borders

Marc Lynch

in Right-sizing the State

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244904
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600050 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199244901.003.0011
 Right‐Sizing Over the Jordan: The Politics of Down‐Sizing Borders

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Marc Lynch examines the Jordanian disengagement from the West Bank in 1988 as a case of state downsizing. The author focuses on international factors and elite politics on both sides of the Jordan River, drawing conclusions on the influences of state downsizing on the changing character of the Jordanian political regime under King Hussein and his son, Abdullah. The author examines the role of public sphere changes and the political identity, the entrepreneurs played in the process, and he outlines the reflexive institutional relationship of the disengagement on state institutions, political parties, the press, and professional organizations. Finally, he examines the role of the Arab–Israeli peace process for the formula of separation between Jordan and Palestine.

Keywords: Arab–Israeli peace process; elite politics; identity; Jordan; Marc Lynch; Palestine; public sphere; state institutions; West Bank

Chapter.  16586 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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