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Reviews 01 September, 2020

Reviewed Work: Polarized and Demobilized: Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine by Dana El Kurd

Anwar Mhajne

Assistant professor of political science at Stonehill College

​Polarized and Demobilized : Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine  

Author: Dana El Kurd 

Date of publication: 2020 

Publisher: Hurst/Oxford University Press 

No. of pages: 226


Dana El Kurd's new book, Polarized and Demobilized: Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine, examines how international involvement of countries such as the United States has had an impact on how the PA functions as well as the PA's relationship to society. The book looks at the effect of repression on demobilization in communities characterized by high levels of international involvement. The book employs laboratory experiments, surveys, qualitative analysis, and statistical methods conducted at Birzeit University. El Kurd collected an original nationally representative survey of Palestinian public-opinion, over 50 interviews with decision-makers within the Palestinian Authority, activists, and political leadership, lab-in-field experiments assessing polarization and political behaviour, and an original dataset (+50,000 observations) of daily political mobilization across the territories. El Kurd received her PhD in Government from The University of Texas at Austin in June 2017. She currently works as a researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies and as an assistant professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. El Kurd's research examines how authoritarian regimes try to implement policies and how external intervention may affect their success.

* This study was published in the fifth issue of AlMuntaqa, a peer-reviewed academic journal for the social sciences and humanities, (pp. 91-93). You can read the full paper here.

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