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State Formation in Palestine : Viability and Governance during a Social Transformation - Inge Amundsen

State Formation in Palestine

Viability and Governance during a Social Transformation

By: Inge Amundsen (Editor), George Giacaman (Editor), Mushtaq Husain Khan (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 8th July 2004
ISBN: 9780415338028
Number Of Pages: 264

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In assessing why the Oslo agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority failed, questions arise as to whether the failure was due to poor governance and poor leadership on the Palestinian side, how far corruption and the weakness of democracy in the Palestinian Authority were responsible, and what were the effects of the economic and political relationships which Oslo sought to construct between Israel and the emerging Palestinian state. This book examines these key questions, and challenges the widely prevalent view that the Palestinian Authority collapsed because of its internal governance failures, its lack of commitment to democracy, and corruption. It argues that the analytical framework of 'good governance' is not appropriate for assessing state performance in developing countries, and that it is especially inappropriate in conflict and post-conflict situations. Instead, an alternative framework is proposed for assessing state performance in a context of economic and social transformation. This is then applied in detail to different aspects of state formation in Palestine, showing that the institutional architecture set up by the Oslo agreements that governed relationships between Israel and the Palestinians, especially the asymmetric control over the Palestinian state which followed from this, was responsible for many of the serious failures of governance in this first period of state formation.

State Formation in Palestine: Achievements, Constraints and Prospects for the Future
Evaluating the Emerging Palestinian State: 'Good Governance' versus 'Transformation Potential'
State Formation under the Palestinian National Authority (PNA): Potential Outcomes and their Viability
Israel and the Palestinian Economy: Integration or Containment?
PNA Political Institutions and the Future of State Formation
Monopolies and the PNA
Taxation and State Formation in Palestine 1994-2000
Donor Assistance, Rent-Seeking and Elite Formation
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ISBN: 9780415338028
ISBN-10: 0415338026
Series: RoutledgeCurzon Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 8th July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1

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