This is the first comprehensive account in any language of Israel's central labour organization, the Histradut, and the Israeli Labour Party, which dominated politics for more than four decades. The author develops a political economy approach which draws on contemporary theories of labour movements, labour markets, and state/economy relations. In comparison with the corporatist social democracies of Western Europe, the Israeli case is shown to be in many ways
paradoxical. Shalev demonstrates that unravelling these paradoxes provides both challenges and insights for comparative studies of the advanced capitalist democracies. At the same time, he offers students of Israeli society a critical alternative to previous scholarship on labour relations, left-wing
politics, and domestic public policy. This volume provides a controversial and theoretically informed assessment of the historical record, complemented by a novel interpretation of the dramatic political and economic instability which surfaced in Israel during the 1970s.
`Shalev's study is bold, intricate, and profound ... an intelligent treatment of the Israeli case from a theoretically informed, comparative perspective.'
Ian S. Lustick, University of Pennsylvania
`surely destined to become the classic study of the evolution of the political economy of the Israeli labour movement ... At the same time, it deserves to become a classic of contemporary sociology ... No one with a serious interest in either the historical development of Israel's labour movement, or theories of social democracy and democratic corporatism, should fail to read this book.'
Francis G. Castles, Australian National University
`an important contribution'
Deborah Bernstein, University of Haifa
`In addition to being a fine country study full of historical, political, economic and institutional facts, Shalev's book also contributes highly critical insights to theories of corporatism, the state, the labour market, and capital.'
Claus Offe, University of Bremen
`a highly specialised work. It is the first comprehensive account in English of the workings of the Israeli Labour Party ... his book is an important work of scholarship, and well worth reading by anyone interested in Israeli politics'
'Israeli professor Shalev has written a fascinating book ... it is simultaneously thoughtful and provocative.'
J. Prager, New York University, Choice, Feb '93
`Shalev provides a lively study of labour relations in Israel'
'Shalev provides a lively study of labour relations in Israel'
Joseph Mills, Jewish Chronicle, March 1993
'a long-overdue analysis of the role of the Histadrut in the state-building process of Israel ... He has produced a new and critical approach based on social democratic corporatism ... The study is informed and informative, the sources are impressive and the arguments are generally clear.'
Judith L. Bara, Thames Valley University, Political Studies 1993
`a profound and stimulating challenge to conventional Israeli interpretations of their own sociology ... a critical and detailed study of how political and economic forces have shaped the real social processes and institutions'
'Shalev systematically applies sophisticated theorems to various processes in the development of Israel's labor movement and proposes a new set of explanations of these processes.'
Michael Keren, Tel-Aviv University, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 26:1
`the book is extremely thought-provoking ... Dr Shalev's exposure is certainly controversial as promised on the jacket of the book. He provides many challenges and insights to comparative analysis of societies as well as a controversial assessment of the historical world'
European Sociological Review
`This is a study which makes an important contribution to the ongoing sociological debates that concern themselves with working-class mobilisation and its links to politics and the economy in capitalist democracies of the West.'
`Labour and the Political Economy in Israel is a major analytical contribution to the field of political economy and also presents a strong alternative to the conventional views of Israeli history.'
American Journal of Sociology
Part I: The Labour Movement: The Histadrut; Accounting for exclusivism: The Histadrut and the Palestinians; Accounting for hegemony: The sources of Mapai's supremacy; Part II: Labour Relations: Why no 'Historic Compromise'?; From corporatism to crisis; Part III: Policy and Political Economy: Policy outcomes: Dualism and disorder; The crisis of the State; Conclusions; Appendices; Index.