Transformation Of Palestinian Politics / Edition 1

Transformation Of Palestinian Politics / Edition 1

by Barry Rubin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674007174

ISBN-13: 9780674007178

Pub. Date: 11/30/2001

Publisher: Harvard University Press

This book is a comprehensive overview and analysis of the Palestinians' travail as they move from revolutionary movement to state. Barry Rubin outlines the difficulties in the transition now under way arising from Palestinian history, society, and diplomatic agreements. He writes about the search for a national identity, the choice of an economic system, and the

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This book is a comprehensive overview and analysis of the Palestinians' travail as they move from revolutionary movement to state. Barry Rubin outlines the difficulties in the transition now under way arising from Palestinian history, society, and diplomatic agreements. He writes about the search for a national identity, the choice of an economic system, and the structure of government.

Rubin finds the political system interestingly distinctive--it appears to be a pluralist dictatorship. There are free elections, multiple parties, and some latitude in civil liberties. Yet there is a relatively unrestrained chief executive and arbitrariness in applying the law because of restraints on freedom. The new ruling elite is a complex mixture of veteran revolutionaries, heirs to large and wealthy families, professional soldiers, technocrats, and Islamic clerics.

Beyond explaining how the executive and legislative branches work, Rubin factors in the role of public opinion in the peace process, the place of nongovernmental institutions, opposition movements, and the Palestinian Authority's foreign relations--including Palestinian views and interactions with the Arab world, Israel, and the United States.

This book is drawn from documents in Arabic, Hebrew, and English, as well as interviews and direct observations. Rubin finds that, overall, the positive aspects of the Palestinian Authority outweigh the negative, and he foresees the establishment of a Palestinian state. His charting of the triumphs and difficulties of this state-in-the-making helps predict and explain future dramatic developments in the Middle East.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674007178
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
0.59(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

The Rulers, the Ruled, and the Rules

The Palestinian Legislative Council

Democracy, Stability, and Human Rights

The Polity and the People

The New Palestinian Political Elite

The Palestinian Opposition

The Palestinian Authority and the Middle East

Thinking about Israel and the United States

Recognizing Facts, Creating Facts

Appendixes:

Palestinian Authority Cabinets, 1994-1998

Membership of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC)

The Fatah Central Committee

The PLO Executive Committee (EC)

Middle East States and the Palestinian Authority

Notes

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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