Electoral behavior in Israel

Assaf Shapira, Gideon Rahat

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This chapter reviews, analyzes, and explains general patterns of electoral behavior in national elections in Israel from 1949 to 2019. It examines both patterns of voter turnout and the choice of a specific party. While it looks at historical trends, it focuses mainly on more recent developments. The types of factors that explain variance and trends in these behavioral patterns are not unique to Israel. Yet the specific relative weight of each factor clearly tells much of the story of Israeli politics. These factors include, especially, the influence of religiosity on Jewish voting patterns and the separate development in voting patterns (turnout and party choice) of the minority population of Israeli Arab citizens.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780190675585
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

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  • Electoral behavior
  • Israeli arabs
  • Israeli politics
  • Political participation
  • Political parties


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