The Impact of Democratization on the Relationship between Legislative and Executive Authorities in the Jordanian Political System

Hail Al-Wadan


This study attempts to demonstrate the impact of democratization on the relationship between the legislative and executive authorities in the Jordanian political system through determining the weight of the parliament (the public) in the decision-making process and its relationship with the government under the democratic and political transformations witnessed by Jordan since (1989). Although the legislative authority proved itself as a constitutional institution with status and entity in the Jordanian political system as it activated its role in legislation and observance over the government's work through its regulatory and constitutional means, the "encroachment" of the executive authority and its hegemony over the Jordanian political system negatively affected the role of the legislative authority representative of the citizens, and its weight in the decision-making process, where we note that the non-elected executive authority is superior to the elected legislative authority, which is inconsistent with the simplest principles of a democratic system. The system considers "the people" as the sovereign and source of legitimacy.


Democratization, Legislative Authority, Executive Authority

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