Studies in Comparative International Development

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 256–285 | Cite as

Beyond Boom and Bust: External Rents, Durable Authoritarianism, and Institutional Adaptation in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

  • Anne Mariel Peters
  • Pete W. Moore


Drawing on recent critiques and advances in theories of the rentier state, this paper uses an in-depth case study of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to posit a new “supply and demand” approach to the study of external rents and authoritarian durability. The Jordanian rentier state is not exclusively a product of external rents, particularly foreign aid, but also of the demands of a coalition encompassing groups with highly disparate economic policy preferences. The breadth of the Hashemite coalition requires that the regime dispense rent-fueled side payments to coalition members through constructing distributive institutions. Yet neither rent supply nor coalition demands are static. Assisted by geopolitically motivated donors, the Hashemites have adapted institutions over time to tap a diverse supply of rents that range from economic and military aid to protocol trade, allowing them to retain power through periods of late development, domestic political crisis, and neoliberal conditionality.


Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Authoritarianism Institutional adaptation Foreign aid External rents 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GovernmentWesleyan UniversityMiddletownUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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