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Franklin Marshall College

Publication Date

Spring 2017

Program Name

Jordan: Geopolitics, International relations, and the Future of the Middle East

Abstract

Many researchers have studied the association between Jordanian parliamentary elections participation and influential factors such as national origin, and tribe. Although scholars have identified the clear relationship between tribal heritage and voter decision making, such a distinction has not been studied amongst university students specifically. The purpose of this study is to identify and quantify the correlations between various factors of student life and the decision to participate in Jordanian parliamentary elections. Specifically, this research focuses on the potential influences of national origin, tribal affiliation, and current living environment (including school environment). Data was collected at six Jordanian public universities located in the southern, central, and northern regions of the country. Specifically, the researcher collected data through observation, professor and student interviews, and surveys. Throughout all aspects of the study, the researcher operates with the null hypothesis that there is no relation between various aspects of student personal and public life and the decision to vote. The research is conducted with the alternative hypothesis that there is a relation between personal and public factors and the university student’s decision to vote.

Disciplines

Civic and Community Engagement | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Political Science | Sociology

 

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