Advisor

Masami Nishishiba

Date of Award

Spring 6-3-2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Affairs and Policy

Department

Public Affairs and Policy

Physical Description

1 online resource (viii, 307 pages)

Subjects

Elite (Social sciences) -- Jordan -- Attitudes, Political culture -- Jordan – History, Jordan -- Moral conditions

DOI

10.15760/etd.2016

Abstract

This mixed-method study is focused on the values, beliefs, and attitudes of Jordanian elites towards liberalization, democratization and development. The study aims to describe elites' political culture and centers of influence, as well as Jordan's viability of achieving higher developmental levels. Survey results are presented. The study argues that the Jordanian regime remains congruent with elites' political culture and other patterns of authority within the elite strata. However, until this "cautious liberal" political culture of Jordanian elites changes, a transitional movement cannot arise that would lead Jordan towards greater liberalism, constitutionalism and development. The study concludes with implications for transitional movements in other developing countries, particularly in the Arab region.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/12795

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