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The Founding of Israeli Democracy, 1948-1967 - Peter Y. Medding

The Founding of Israeli Democracy, 1948-1967

Hardcover Published: 29th March 1990
ISBN: 9780195056488
Number Of Pages: 264

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Israel is the only new state among the twenty-one countries in the world today that have maintained democracy without interruption since the end of the Second World War. Israel's case is all the more notable because its democracy was established under extremely adverse conditions: massive immigration; severe social dislocation; the introduction of ethnic, cultural, linguistic, religious, and national differences; rapid economic growth; a permanent security threat that led to five major wars in thirty-five years; and a population that, in the main, had little or no experience of a democratic order. In this insightful study of Israel's founding period from 1948 to 1967, Peter Medding addresses this puzzle, providing a lucid account of the political and historical conditions that gave rise to this distinctive period, as well as the changes which brought it to an end. The result is an eminently readable account of the state-building process and of the role played by David Ben-Gurion and other politicians in moving from consensus politics to a majoritarian-like democracy. Medding's analysis is further enriched by his comparisons of the development of Israeli democracy with that of other countries.

"Medding's account of both the founding of the Israeli system, and of the fundamental political changes that occurred subsequently, is sophisticated and concise. His book is likely to become a classic text."--Times Higher Education Supplement "This excellent volume casts new light on a theme that has already been discussed in dozens of books and scores of articles."--Choice "This is a book that should be read by anyone wishing to understand Israel, even if one disagrees with the concept of Israel as a democracy."--Journal of Palestine Studies "Medding's account of both the founding of the Israeli system, and of the fundamental political changes that occurred subsequently, is sophisticated and concise. His book is likely to become a classic text."--Times Higher Education Supplement "This excellent volume casts new light on a theme that has already been discussed in dozens of books and scores of articles."--Choice "This is a book that should be read by anyone wishing to understand Israel, even if one disagrees with the concept of Israel as a democracy."--Journal of Palestine Studies

Prefacep. vii
The Structures of Democratic Governmentp. 3
Notesp. 7
Founding an Independent Statep. 8
Notesp. 28
Founding Democratic Political Structuresp. 30
Notesp. 42
Parties and Policiesp. 43
Notesp. 78
Issue Structure, Electoral Response, and Coalition Politicsp. 81
Notesp. 105
Coalition Cabinets, Party Government, and the Control of Policy-Makingp. 108
Notesp. 132
Mamlakhtiut: Partisan Interests and the Establishment of Centralized and Legitimate State Public Authorityp. 134
Notesp. 174
The Political Dynamics of the Founding Periodp. 178
Notesp. 201
Conclusionp. 204
Notesp. 234
Israel's Declaration of Independencep. 237
p. 239
Select Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780195056488
ISBN-10: 0195056485
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 29th March 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.28 x 16.08  x 2.57
Weight (kg): 0.6