Responding to climate change in Jordan: understanding institutional developments, political restrictions and economic opportunities

El-Anis, I. ORCID: 0000-0002-6918-4544 and Poberezhskaya, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-6442-5292, 2023. Responding to climate change in Jordan: understanding institutional developments, political restrictions and economic opportunities. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. ISSN 1353-0194

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Jordan is one of the world’s most resource-poor, arid and freshwater-stressed countries with climate change aggravating these challenges further. We argue that due to Jordan’s climate change vulnerability and low levels of resilience, as well as its vital role in Middle Eastern politics, it is necessary to examine how climate change policies are approached in the kingdom. Based on a thematic analysis of official climate change policy documentation and elite interviews, we find that climate change problems are portrayed as important in Jordan, but the policymaking and implementation processes face significant challenges. The main predicaments are: the prioritization of short-term political and economic interests, over-reliance on external actors, limited financial, technical and knowledge capacities, and a lack of coordination between the key public sector stakeholders. Furthermore, as with other authoritarian states, Jordan’s ability to respond to climate change is influenced by restrictions stemming from the governing regime’s prioritization of its own survival.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Creators: El-Anis, I. and Poberezhskaya, M.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 7 November 2023
ISSN: 1353-0194
Rights: © 2023 the author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 08 Nov 2023 12:14
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 12:14

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