The Islamic Action Front: Between Participation and Boycotts

  • Gail J. Buttorff


In this chapter, Buttorff analyzes the case of the Islamic Action Front (IAF) in Jordan and its electoral strategies during five legislative elections: 1993, 1997, 2003, 2007, and 2010. The party boycotted just twice, even though all five elections used the single non-transferable vote electoral system, one of the opposition's main grievances and motivations for both boycotts. The author shows how the opposition group’s shifting perceptions of regime strength drove the changes in its electoral strategies during this period. In so doing, Buttorff provides a more nuanced understanding of the pattern of opposition strategies observed in Jordan during this period.


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  • Gail J. Buttorff
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  1. 1.Hobby School of Public AffairsUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA

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