Democracy, Constitutionalism and the Future State of Palestine (with a Case Study on Women’s Rights)

This study deals with the factors which affect democratization and need to be
considered when formulating a Palestinian Basic Law to function as an interim
constitution. Issues discussed include pluralism, factionalism, the attitudes of
the “Intifada” generation, the difficulties in the transition from underground
movements to open democratic activities, and the hierarchical society with
its family and group loyalties. The study also examines prospects for the new
Palestinian self-government, the institution-building process and implications
for the implementation and enforcement of new laws. The final chapter
is devoted to a case study of constitutional and human rights, focusing on
women and their status within society.

July 1, 1994