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Neoliberalism as Liberation: The Statehood Program and the Remaking of the Palestinian National Movement

Khalidi, Raja J. and Samour, Sobhi (2010): Neoliberalism as Liberation: The Statehood Program and the Remaking of the Palestinian National Movement. Published in: Journal of Palestine Studies , Vol. XL, No. No. 2 (Winter 2011) (February 2011): pp. 6-25.

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Abstract

The Palestinian statehood-by-2011 program, framed through neoliberal institution building, redefines and diverts the Palestinian liberation struggle. Focusing on its economic aspects, and in particular the underlying neoliberal thought that goes beyond narrow economic policy applications, this essay argues that the program cannot succeed either as the midwife of independence or as a strategy for Palestinian economic development. Its weaknesses, the authors contend, derive not only from neoliberalism’s inability to deliver sustainable and equitable economic growth worldwide, but also because neoliberal “governance” under occupation, however “good,” cannot substitute for the broader struggle for national rights nor ensure the Palestinian right to development.

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