Palestine Ltd.: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory (Hardcover)

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Since the 1993 Oslo Accords, the Occupied Palestinian Territory has been the subject of extensive international peacebuilding and state-building efforts coordinated by Western donor states and international finance institutions. Despite their failure to yield peace or Palestinian statehood, the role of these organizations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is generally overlooked, owing to their depiction as tertiary actors engaged in technical missions. In Palestine Ltd., Toufic Haddad explores how neoliberal frameworks have shaped and informed the common understandings of international, Israeli, and Palestinian interactions throughout the Oslo peace process. Drawing upon more than 20 years of policy literature, field-based interviews, and recently declassified or leaked documents, he details how these frameworks have led to struggles over influencing Palestinian political and economic behavior, and attempts to mould the class character of Palestinian society and its leadership. A dystopian vision of Palestine emerges as the by-product of this complex asymmetrical interaction, where nationalism, neo-colonialism, and 'disaster capitalism' both intersect and diverge. This book is essential for students and scholars interested in Middle East Studies, Arab-Israeli politics, and international development.

About the Author


Toufic Haddad holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London. He is co-author of Between the Lines: Israel, the Palestinians and the US War on Terror (2007) and previously worked for different UN bodies in Jerusalem.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781784536572
ISBN-10: 1784536571
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: July 28th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English