Israel since 1980

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Over the last quarter century, a radical demographic, economic and political transformation has been taking place from within Israel. Israelis are beginning to ask some fundamental questions about the country they live in and what it means to be an Israeli. This book, written by five Israeli academics, probes the changing nature of Israeli society over the last twenty-five years. It considers the deep rifts in that society caused by ethnic, cultural, class and religious divide. It looks at political and economic changes and how privatization has undermined the welfare state. It questions the role of the military in the light of the wider social and economic changes. Finally, and crucially, it asks whether new political initiatives can offer a realistic alternative to the inadequacies of recent governments. This is an informative account of Israel's recent past and the challenges it faces in the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521671859
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2008
  • Series: World Since 1980 Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Guy Ben-Porat is Lecturer in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel. His publications include Global Liberalism, Local Populism: Peace and Conflict in Israel/Palestine and Northern Ireland (2006) and, as editor, Implementing Peace Agreements (forthcoming).

Shlomo Mizrachi is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel. He is the co-author of Public Policy between Society and the Court in Israel (2006).

Ayre Naor is Lecturer in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Erez Tzfadia is Lecturer in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Sapir College, Israel. He is co-author of Policy and Identity in Development Towns: The Case of North-African Immigrants, 1952–1998 (1999).

Yagil Levy teaches in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is the author of From 'People's Army' to 'Army of the Peripheries' (2007, in Hebrew) and Israel's Materialist Militarism (2007).

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Israeli society: diversity, tensions and governance; 2. Geography and demography: spatial transformations; 3. The political system: government, parliament and the court; 4. Political economy: liberalization and globalization; 5. Military and society; 6. The new politics: interest groups and alternative channels; Conclusion: the state of the state.

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