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State Formation in Palestine

Viability and Governance during a Social Transformation, 1st Edition

Edited by Inge Amundsen, George Giacaman, Mushtaq Husain Khan


260 pages

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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 Future1. Evaluating the Emerging Palestinian State: 'Good Governance' versus 'Transformation Potential'2. State Formation under the Palestinian National Authority (PNA): Potential Outcomes and their Viability3. Israel and the Palestinian Economy: Integration or Containment? 4. PNA Political Institutions and the Future of State Formation 5. Monopolies and the PNA6. Taxation and State Formation in Palestine 1994-2000 7. Donor Assistance, Rent-Seeking and Elite Formation

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East continues to dominate in the news and current affairs coverage of the media both in global and regional contexts. Despite this growing and intensified interest in recent years, it is widely recognised that the region is largely underrepresented in a range of disciplines in the scholarly and academic domains. 

Routledge is proud to have launched this series since 2003 to widen in-depth analyses and understanding of the economic and political dynamics of this important region. The aim of the series is to publish both specialist and more general titles covering a wide range of issues relating to the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa region. It will feature the latest political economy studies of the Middle East defined to encompass countries from Morocco to Iran.

Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor ( The series will be open to single-authored books as well as edited volumes and textbooks.  All manuscripts will be subject to international standards of peer review.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Middle East / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies