Constitutionalism and Palestinian Constitutional Development


This project is concerned most broadly with an investigation
of the twin concepts of constitutionalism and constitutional
development. More specifically. it is concerned with the
development of constitutionalism and constitutional political
culture in the Middle East. Most particularly, it is concerned
with the recent progress of constitutional development in
After an initial broad discussion of the nature of
constitutionalism and ideology (Chapter I). this study turns its
attention to a brief examination of constitutions in ten
Middle Eastern nations today, and discusses similarities and
differences between and among these documents
(Chapter II).
The final part of this research (Chapter III) examines
Palestinian political culture and recent efforts on the part of
Palestinians to develop a democratic and constitutional
political culture.
The study concludes (Chapter IV) that there are many
reasons to be optimistic about the future of constitutional
government in Palestine.