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The Handbook of Israel's Political System
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Expected online publication date: August 2018
  • Print publication year: 2018
  • Online ISBN: 9781316160978
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Book description

There is growing interest in Israel's political system from all parts of the world. This Handbook provides a unique comprehensive presentation of political life in Israel from the formative pre-state period to the present. The themes covered include: political heritage and the unresolved issues that have been left to fester; the institutional framework (the Knesset, government, judiciary, presidency, the state comptroller and commissions of inquiry); citizens' political participation (elections, political parties, civil society and the media); the four issues that have bedevilled Israeli democracy since its establishment (security, state and religion, the status of Israel's Arab citizens and economic inequities with concomitant social gaps); and the contours of the political culture and its impact on Israel's democracy. The authors skilfully integrate detailed basic data with an analysis of structures and processes, making the Handbook accessible to both experts and those with a general interest in Israel.


Advance praise:'A treasure of information, analysis and insight. A must for anyone who wishes to understand the complex challenges, achievements and difficulties, of the Jewish state.'

Shlomo Avineri - Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Advance praise:'This is a monumental work. It is precise and fluent and enables the reader to see both the forest and the trees. The authors know how to distinguish between the important and the unimportant. The book is mandatory reading for anybody interested in Israeli public and political life. It offers a useful and enlightening reading for those interested in political systems.'

Mordechai Kremnitzer - Vice President, Research, The Israel Democracy Institute


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