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Transitions to Democracy and the Palestinians
 This volume, edited by Tuomo Melasuo and Anitta Kynsilehto and written mostly by Palestinian scholars, is the result of a research collaboration between Muwatin, the Palestinian Institute for Study of Democracy, Ramallah, and the TAPRI Mediterranean Studies Project, Tampere. As the international media has become increasingly interested in religious and cultural aspects as potential explanatory factors of the crises affecting the southern Mediterranean and the wider international system, this book argues that it is of great importance to put the emphasis on political evolution. According to the authors, external pressure may have counterproductive effects with respect to democratic development, to the extent that it has the potential to impede or even destroy democratisation efforts.