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Right-sizing the StateThe Politics of Moving Borders$
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Brendan O'Leary, Ian S. Lustick, and Thomas Callaghy

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244904

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199244901.001.0001

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

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

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Right-sizing the State

Marc Lynch

Oxford University Press

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

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