Independent regulatory bodies in the Jordanian legal system: an evaluative review

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The administrative organisation in Jordan witnessed a remarkable demand for the establishment of independent regulatory bodies, and this new institutional form aroused the ire of both legal and public administration scholars and politics. Supporters of such bodies, perceive them as satisfactory answer to the crisis experienced by the state and its inability to respond to the privacy of economic sectors. Opponents, on the other hand, contend that these bodies disintegrate the state and turn it into companies. Perhaps, this interaction raises some important questions about the feasibility of expanding the establishment of these bodies in Jordan as the competent ministries remain within the scope of their work, which certainly led to jurisdiction overlapping between them and the concerned ministries. Thus, one might ask were justifications available in Jordan for the establishment of these bodies in the first place. Has the Jordanian legislator succeeded in providing it with the elements necessary to attain its goals in achieving administrative governance? This paper attempt to address these questions by evaluating the importance of the establishment of these independent bodies within the Jordanian administrative organisation. It also considers whether those bodies really possess the requirement necessary to achieving the goals which underpin its whole existence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-207
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Public Law and Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • administrative centralisation
  • administrative decentralization
  • independent regulatory bodies
  • Jordanian legal system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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