The Transformation of Palestinian Politics: From Revolution to State-Building (Google eBook)

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Harvard University Press, Jun 1, 2009 - History - 304 pages
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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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In this highly readable book, Rubin, deputy director of Israel's Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and the author of numerous works on the Arab-Israeli conflict, examines the prospect of ... Read full review

Contents

The Rulers the Ruled and the Rules
1
The Palestinian Legislative Council
27
Democracy Stability and Human Rights
45
The Polity and the People
71
The New Palestinian Political Elite
88
The Palestinian Opposition
114
The Palestinian Authority and the Middle East
138
Thinking about Israel and the United States
162
Membership of the Palestinian Legislative Council PLC
206
The Fatah Central Committee
213
The PLO Executive Committee EC
216
Middle East States and the Palestinian Authority
219
Notes
221
Glossary
267
Bibliography
269
Index
279

Recognizing Facts Creating Facts
187
Palestinian Authority Cabinets 19941999
203

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About the author (2009)

Barry Rubin is Deputy Director, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, and Executive Editor, Middle East Review of International Affairs.

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