Politics and International Relations Seminar Series

Neo-liberalism Versus "The Politics of Tradition" in Post-Arab Spring Jordan

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Seminars

The Department of Politics and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences holds a regular seminar series over the academic year to invite excellent internal and external speakers to present their research findings.

  • From: Wednesday 9 November 2016, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 9 November 2016, 2 pm
  • Location: Chaucer Room 2702, Chaucer building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT

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The Department of Politics and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences holds a regular seminar series over the academic year to invite excellent internal and external speakers to present their research findings.

This is an integral part of our research culture in the department, which stimulates thought and debate and informs about current developments in the various subfields of politics and international relations.

Staff and students from the Department of Politics and International Relations and the wider University are welcome to attend.

This week's seminar is from NTU's Dr Imad El-Anis, who will be presenting 'King Abdullah's Balancing Act: Neo-liberalism Versus "The Politics of Tradition" in Post-Arab Spring Jordan'.

Abstract
A crisis has been brewing in Jordanian politics and foreign policy since the late 1990s. At the heart of this problem lies the incompatibility of neo-liberal policies on the one hand with traditional vested interests on the other – privatisation, free trade, open borders and transparent anti-corruption business-friendly governance, versus "wasta", nepotism and public sector practices that favour East Bank Jordanians over West Bank (Palestinian) Jordanians.

This study considers how the neo-liberal policies advocated by King Abdullah since his ascension to the throne in 1999 have led to the weakening of the traditional support base of the Hashemite monarchy. It also explores how, at the same time, these policies have been necessary for the inevitable process of Jordan's integration into the global economy. They have also preserved stability in Jordan's international relations, particularly by satisfying its main backers in Europe and the United States.

This paper assesses the success of this balancing act and its effect on political and economic stability in Jordan in the post-Arab Spring era.

Booking information

Staff and students from the Department of Politics and International Relations and the wider University are welcome to attend.

Should you be external to the University and wish to listen to one of our speakers, please inform the Research Seminar Coordinator Dr Kevin Love via email prior to the event you wish to attend.

Location details

Room/Building:

Chaucer Room 2702, Chaucer building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LT

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