Campaigns in the holy land: The content and effects of election news coverage in Israel

Tamir Shaefer, Gabriel Weimann, Yariv Tsfati

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Established in 1948 as a parliamentary democracy, Israel has a 120-member parliament, the Knesset, which is elected by a closed-list system of proportional representation with the entire country serving as one constituency (Rahat & Hazan, 2005). The closed-list system does not allow the voters in the national elections an opportunity to influence the composition of the candidate lists. It is a multiparty system in a multicleavaged society (Lijphart, 1993), with an average number of parties in each Knesset that is usually never fewer than a dozen (Rahat & Hazan, 2005). Parties were the dominant actors in the Israeli polity in the first decades after independence (Galnoor, 1982; Horowitz & Lissak, 1989).

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Election News Coverage around the World
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)0203887174, 9781135703455
ISBN (Print)0805860363, 9780805860375
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

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