Book Project

Policing, Taxing, and Spending Without a State: The Origins and Effects of Partial Self-Rule in Palestine

Drawing on popular feelings of exclusion, discrimination, and real experiences with violence and repression, national self-determination movements pledge that the creation of a new state will better serve the community that they claim to represent. Yet, contemporary versions of these movements face a thorny challenge: they must form in a populated territory that is already controlled by an existing state. Using a mixed-method approach, this project develops a theory of how self-rule and state-like capacity development among nationalist movements are constrained in such settings. It draws on extensive fieldwork in the Palestinian Territories, and employs subnational qualitative and quantitative data across a wider set of cases.