Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


Influencing Factors for Legislative Elite Renewal in Jordanian Parliamentary Elections for the Nineteenth Council

Author(s): Ahmed Aref Al-Kafarneh, Ayman Abdel Bari Abu-alhaj, Khaled Mohammad Khwaileh

This study aimed at identifying the factors affecting the renewal of the legislative elites in the Jordanian parliamentary elections in the Jordanian parliamentary elections for the year 2020. The current study assumed three major factors in order to determine the most influential factors: (electoral regulations and legislation, political parties, and the voting behavior of the Jordanian voter). A questionnaire was developed that included the previous three factors and distributed to members of the Jordanian House of Representatives for the year 2020, totaling (130) deputies. After retrieving the questionnaires, it was discovered that (17) of them were invalid. The total number of analyzed questionnaires was (113) out of (130). The findings of the study revealed that electoral behavior is the most influential factor in the renewal of Jordanian legislative elites, while electoral systems, legislation, and political parties playing minor roles. As a result, the study recommended that electoral regulations and legislation be reconsidered by enacting new electoral laws that contribute to supporting candidacy on a partisan rather than a clan basis.

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