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The Terrorist's DilemmaManaging Violent Covert Organizations$
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Jacob N. Shapiro

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157214

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157214.001.0001

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Preference Divergence and Control in Palestine

Preference Divergence and Control in Palestine

(p.205) Chapter 8 Preference Divergence and Control in Palestine
The Terrorist's Dilemma

Jacob N. Shapiro

Princeton University Press

This chapter turns to the Middle East, assessing the organizational evolution of the main Palestinian terrorist groups from 1989 through 2005. In addition to testing hypotheses about the relationship between preference divergence and control, the Palestinian case allows one to compare an Islamist group (the religious-nationalist Hamas) to a secular nationalist one (the secular-nationalist Fatah), helping to illuminate what may or may not be unique about Islamist terrorism. Not surprisingly, there is some evidence that one Islamist group, Hamas, is substantially different in terms of how severe a problem it had with operatives, but the group clearly faced similar organizational challenges to its secular compatriots.

Keywords:   Middle East, Palestinian terrorist groups, preference divergence, Islamist groups, Hamas, Fatah, secular nationalist groups, Islamist terrorism

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