Janine Clark joined POMEPS on October 15 to discuss her new book, Local Politics in Jordan and Morocco: Strategies of Centralization and Decentralization (Columbia University Press, 2018).

This book examines why Morocco decentralized while Jordan did not and evaluates the impact of their divergent paths, ultimately explaining how authoritarian regimes can use decentralization reforms to consolidate power. Based on extensive fieldwork, Local Politics in Jordan and Morocco is an important contribution to Middle East studies and political science that challenges our understanding of authoritarian regimes’ survival strategies and resilience.

Watch the book launch here:

Local Politics in Jordan and Morocco: Book Launch with Janine Clark from POMEPS on Vimeo.

Janine Clark is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Guelph. She is the author of Islam, Charity, and Activism: Middle-Class Networks and Social Welfare in Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen (2004) and coeditor of Economic Liberalization, Democratization, and Civil Society in the Developing World (2000).

Local Politics in Jordan and Morocco: Book Launch with Janine Clark