Palestinian governance

Against all odds

Authored by: Ghada Hashem Talhami

Governance in the Middle East and North Africa

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9781857435849
eBook ISBN: 9780203850053
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203850053-22

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Abstract

It is only by a stretch of the imagination that one can truly place the Palestine National Authority (PNA) on the regional map of the Middle East. Yet, talk of statehood is so frequently heard that Palestinians are beginning to experience some hope as their struggle for normalcy and statehood gains track. Furthermore, the state of Palestine, if it ever emerges, may also prove to be one of the last nation-states to appear on the world stage. What is remarkable about this unfulfilled project is the contrast between its current institutional, economic and military weakness, and the fears and uncertainties that it evokes among some of its neighbours and the world powers. A more important point for students of state formation to remember is the absence of any extant model on which the PNA can be built. This is partly due to the protracted manner in which sovereignty is being ceded to the Palestinians and constraints placed upon them in a series of bilateral agreements.

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