Book Review: The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. The Theatrics of Woeful Statecraft

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Ramona Wadi's review of co-authored book by Pace and Sen entitled The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank: The Theatrics of Woeful Statecraft

The international community, through the Oslo Accords, has created an intricate web of terminology that points towards a permanently stalled state-building process. In their book, The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank: The Theatrics of Woeful Statecraft (Routledge, 2019), Michelle Pace and Somdeep Sen expose what lies beneath the façade coined as the “State of Palestine”, a term which the Palestinian Authority covets and disseminates to validate its own role in the political process.
Pace and Sen depart from the premise that the “imagined state” is a means of subversion that works against Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories. “The PA has persisted as an institution that acts like a state but concurrently undermines the Palestinian struggle for sovereign statehood.”

Subject

Palestinian politics and society

Period23 May 2019

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Workshop

TitleState Building in the West Bank
LocationCopenhagen University, old campus, Copenhagen, Denmark
Period7 Dec 2017 → 8 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • West Bank
  • Palestinian Authority
  • state
  • statecraft
  • state-building
  • occupied Palestinian territories
  • occupation
  • settler colonialism
  • Oslo Accords
  • performance studies
  • theatrics
  • Diplomacy
  • fuzzy state
  • imagined state