PARTY SYSTEM CHANGE IN ISRAEL, 1948-98: A CONCEPTUAL AND TYPOLOGICAL BORDER-STRETCHING OF EUROPE?

Reuven Y. Hazan*

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Abstract

The chaotic nature of Israeli politics in general, and of the party system in particular, has left most observers in despair. Elections for the parliament, the Knesset, have produced dozens of parties vying for seats, with an average of a dozen actually winning representation. Yet most of the parties failed to survive even a single decade. None of the twenty-one parties which put up candidates for the first Knesset in 1949 was listed in the elections for the fourteenth Knesset in 1996. The Israeli party system-established when the country’s population totaled less than one million, which today is almost six million-has been identified by high fractionalization, fragmentation and polarization.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationComparing Party System Change
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages140-153
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781134708512
ISBN (Print)9780203451052
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2003

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 1998 Paul Pennings and Jan-Erik Lane for the collection.

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