Governing Gaza

Nicklas Meiner-Jensen

Student thesis: Termpaper


This project deals with the Palestinian movement Hamas from a Western perspective in order to gain a better understanding of the movement. The project rests on the belief that there is a need to widen the scope of understanding when dealing with religious, militant movements such as Hamas, although it does not pretend to design a rule-book of interpretation for all such movements. The project investigates on the hierarchy, the use of violence and the coherency of the movement in light of classical governance theory by Jean Bodin, Thomas Hobbes and Max Weber. The investigation further draws use of network theory as presented by Israeli scholar Shaul Mishal (2003) in order to gain a wider understanding of networks. Secondly the project looks on the framing of Hamas's policy. The way in which Hamas gains and maintains legitimacy is of particular relevance in this part of the analysis that builds on frame alignment theory as presented by Snow, Rochford, Worden and Benford (1986). The analysis-chapter draws use of the theory to interpret the structures and the ideology of Hamas. It rests primarily on the writings and findings of Western scholars in order to present an inside-out view of Hamas. This facilitates a critique from within the Western perception of Hamas that, it is my hope, can prove helpful when dealing with the movement in the future.

EducationsGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduate
Publication date1 Jan 2011
SupervisorsJakob Lindahl


  • Hamas
  • Governance