Electoral systems in context: Israel

Reuven Y. Hazan, Reut Itzkovitch-Malka, Gideon Rahat

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This chapter, which focuses on the Israeli electoral system as a prototype of an extreme PR system, has five main sections. First, it uses the 2015 election results to analyze the properties of the electoral system and the nature of its outputs. Second, it reviews the three prominent features of the Israeli electoral system and their origins: its PR electoral formula, its nationwide electoral district, and its closed party lists. Third, it examines the developments that led to the consideration and implementation of reform initiatives. Fourth, it assesses the political consequences of the system for parties and the party system, for government formation and durability, and for the legislature and legislative behavior. Fifth, it addresses the puzzle of increased personalization despite the absence of a personalized electoral system.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780190258658
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

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  • Candidate selection
  • Direct elections
  • Electoral reform
  • Israel
  • Knesset
  • Personalization


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