Politics in Israel is an incisive guide to Israel’s rich past, unpredictable present, and promising but undoubtedly turbulent future.
In his new second edition, Asher Arian again takes a comprehensive look at the country’s history, demography, economy, and sociology—and provides cogent analysis of its ever-changing role in the Middle East. Informed by the latest opinion polls, survey data, and election results, Arian clarifies the major issues facing Israeli culture and politics, and explains the complexities of Israel’s political institutions, political behavior, and public policies. He chronicles the significant events in this dynamic nation's relatively brief experience of self-governance and introduces readers to the exceptional personalities who have defined its domestic landscape.
New and expanded coverage in the second edition features:
- the impact of immigration from the former Soviet Union
- the adoption and cancellation of the direct election of the prime minister
- the constitutional revolution occasioned by the expansion of judicial review
- the weakening of political parties
- the decentralization of the economy and emergence of a stronger capitalist ethic
- the political impact of the second intifada
- and the dominance of Ariel Sharon
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This is a comprehensive, incisive, and easily readable guide to the rich past, the volatile present, and the promising future of this fascinating foothold of democracy in the mercurial Middle East. Asher Arian uses analytical descriptions and extensive survey data to explain the complexities of Israeli political institutions, political behavior, and public policy. He chronicles the significant events of this dynamic nation's relatively brief experience of self-government and introduces the series of strong personalities who have dominated its domestic landscape.
1st Edition ©1998
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Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures
2: People of Israel
3: Political Economy
4: The Political Elite
5: Political Parties
6: Party Organization
7: The Electoral System
8: Electoral Behavior
9: The Knesset, the Government, and the Judiciary
10: Interest Groups and Public Policy
11: Public Policy, Administration, and Local Government
12: Ideology, Communication, and Socialization
Asher Arian, CUNY
Asher Arian is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, a senior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, and professor of political science at the University of Haifa.