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Inventing a Parliament

Nathan J. Brown

in Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520237629
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937789 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520237629.003.0004
Inventing a Parliament

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The Palestinian Legislative Council had no clear antecedent on which to base its work, unlike almost any other institution operating under the PNA. Palestinian courts are lineal descendents of mandatory-era structures. Aggravating the confusion in the 1995 agreement establishing the council was the attitude of many Palestinians, including virtually all members of the council when they were elected. Council members were hesitant to refer to the more ambitious and general elements of the 1995 agreement because doing so would imply that their mandate came only by Israel's agreement and permission. The electoral system on the other hand, with its multimember districts, urged a campaign based on personality rather than on party organization. The Palestinian political parties virtually guaranteed such a result when they abdicated any effective role in the campaign.

Keywords: Palestinians; council; electoral system; organization; campaign

Chapter.  19472 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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