“Students of democratization would do well to think about monarchy more. In particular, they should pay closer attention to the role that monarchies have played in the evolution of democracy”
“Abdullah, a son of the Sharif of Mecca and a member of the Ottoman elite, emerged after the First World War as a contender for power in a Middle East dominated by Britain owing to his alliance with Britain in the Arab revolt. To his disappointment, he ended up in the arid territory of Transjordan”.
“The king’s constitutional position is as expected in a parliamentary monarchy in which by custom he plays an active part: he is the supreme commander of the armed forces, alone possesses the executive authority, and shares the legislative authority with a parliament consisting of an appointed Senate and an elected Chamber”
“La monarquía jordana ha sido clasificada como una «monarquía eje», en la que el rol político del monarca, a pesar de tener este poderes ejecutivos reales, no está estrechamente vinculado al desarrollo político diario, sino a un marco político más amplio que lo mantiene, de una u otra forma, alejado de ser identificado con los problemas políticos diarios”
“The Jordanian political system is thus lacking key democratic elements. Interestingly – and paradoxically – this deficiency has been acknowledged both by the late King Hussein and the King Abdullah II. Both kings launched various initiatives to promote political reform and democracy”
“Por primera vez en décadas, Jordania ha sido testigo de cambios constitucionales y de pequeños aunque importantes movimientos hacia una eventual monarquía constitucional”
“A form of rule once derided as incapable of dealing with the strains of modernization is now touted as an effective means of building nations and states, and even of mediating ‘pacted’ transitions to democracy and rule of law”
“In contrast with her neighbours Jordan remained stable, the monarchy seem(ed) entirely to command the loyalty of the people and relations with Britain remained cordial”