Here is a rather amusing article by the great Daniel Pipes about Israeli Arab and Palestinian views about the Palestinian Authority (via Melanie Phillips).
I haven't seen a serious analysis of the practical aspects of the recent Palestinian Authority elections, however I can only assume they weren't much better than the 1996 sham. It is strange that such charades should pass unblinkingly in the media as legitimate transparent democratic elections. At least the Palestinian people themselves seem to realize that they aren't. Or do they?