This book examines 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 was responsible for many of the serious failures.
Table of Contents
State Formation in Palestine: Achievements, Constraints and Prospects for the Future 1. Evaluating the Emerging Palestinian State: 'Good Governance' versus 'Transformation Potential' 2. State Formation under the Palestinian National Authority (PNA): Potential Outcomes and their Viability 3. Israel and the Palestinian Economy: Integration or Containment? 4. PNA Political Institutions and the Future of State Formation 5. Monopolies and the PNA 6. Taxation and State Formation in Palestine 1994-2000 7. Donor Assistance, Rent-Seeking and Elite Formation
Mushtaq H. Khan is Senior Lecturer in Economics and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has published a book and numerous articles on corruption, clientelism, rent-seeking and state failure.