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Crisis of Legitimacy in Palestine


  • Hani Albasoos

    (Sultan Qaboos University, Department of Political Science, Sultanate of Oman)


Palestinian society is geographically separated and politically fragmented. This is attributed to partisan affiliation and alignment, absence of conceptual and professional framework of civil society, unethical approach of Palestinian political leaders, and unconstitutional political institutions. Such polarization and division have created political antagonism within elites and between factions. The broad objective of this research is to investigate the legitimacy crisis in Palestine, the current political dilemma in the Palestinian Authority, and the public response to the situation. The research introduces direct and thorough understanding of the developing political context surrounding these issues; taking into consideration that growing deficit in legitimacy could create potentially dire consequences, particularly if present trends on the ground continue. The research promotes an analytical perspective based on legitimacy theory and exploring recent public opinion polls. Key Words: Legitimacy, Palestine, Palestinian Authority, Election

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  • Hani Albasoos, 2016. "Crisis of Legitimacy in Palestine," International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147-4478), Center for the Strategic Studies in Business and Finance, vol. 5(3), pages 121-136, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:rbs:ijbrss:v:5:y:2016:i:3:p:121-136

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    1. Frisch, Hillel & Hofnung, Menachem, 1997. "State formation and international aid: The emergence of the Palestinian authority," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 25(8), pages 1243-1255, August.
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