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The impact of semi-presidentialism on governance in the Palestinian authority

Cavatorta, Francesco and Elgie, Robert (2010) The impact of semi-presidentialism on governance in the Palestinian authority. Parliamentary Affairs, 63 (1). pp. 22-40. ISSN 0031-2290

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In 2003, the Basic Law of the Palestinian Authority (PA) was amended and a semi-presidential form of government was established. In January 2006, the legislative election resulted in a period of ‘cohabitation’ between the Hamas government and President Mahmoud Abbas from Fatah. In 2007, following the civil war between the two forces, governance structures in the PA all but collapsed. This article examines the extent to which cohabitation contributed to the problems of governance in the PA. We conclude that cohabitation did not determine the outbreak of conflict, but that it did contribute to the timing of the confrontation between the two actors.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Oxford University Press on behalf of the Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government
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Copyright Information:© The Authors [2009]
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ID Code:15758
Deposited On:19 Oct 2010 16:08 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 19 Oct 2010 16:08

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