The Political Economy of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Amit Loewenthal, PhD, Graduated BMI Fellow
Academic Advisors: Dr. Sami Miaari, Department of Labor Studies, and Prof. Itai Sened, Head of the School of Social and Policy Studies and Head of BMI
This research provides insight into the role economic inequality and other economic conditions play in political conflicts. Many political conflicts, both violent and non-violent, from the Arab Spring to the Brexit, are attributed to economic grievance. A global phenomenon has developed: political radicalization in an environment of rising intra-country inequality and economic resentment by people who feel left behind. However, existing studies focus on cross-country analysis and do not study the effect of economic inequality on political radicalization. This is the first research project to address these issues. Mr. Lowenthal has analysed the conflict-inequality nexus within the scope of a single political entity, using the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (IPC)– one of the longest lasting political conflicts– as a case study.