Political reform in Israel

Gideon Rahat*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Israel has experienced both failed and successful attempts to reform its democratic institutions in the seventy years since its founding. The most noteworthy failure has been in the promotion of much-needed electoral reform that would moderate the “extreme” features of the hyper-representative, party-centered electoral system. Successes range from small modifications of the electoral system to wide-ranging reforms of the government system at the local and national levels and within political parties. These reforms injected doses of majoritarianism and personalism into the system. But they did not help to solve the problems in the functioning of the Israeli regime; in fact, they often made them worse.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780190675585
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

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  • Constructive vote of no confidence
  • Direct elections
  • Electoral reform
  • Electoral threshold
  • Israeli politics
  • Legal electoral threshold
  • Political reform
  • Politics of reform
  • Primaries
  • Referendum


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