The Politics of Regime Structure Reform in Democracies: Israel in Comparative and Theoretical Perspective

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Overview

This book examines the success or failure of initiatives aimed at reforming regime structures in democracies, Particularly their electoral and government systems. Through a comparative analysis of the several attempts at this type of reform in Israel over more than four decades, Gideon Rahat begins with the failed attempts at electoral reform in the 1970s and 1980s. He then analyzes Israel's successful attempt at promoting government system reform from 1988 to 1992. Finally, he compares the Israeli cases to cases of electoral reform in New Zealand, Japan, and Italy in the 1990s. While the book focuses on the Israeli cases, it places Israel within a comparative framework and makes an important contribution to the debate concerning the politics behind regime structure reform.
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Thoroughly researched and carefully analyzed, this impressive piece of scholarship on party systems and electoral reform will be invaluable for academics, politicians, and policy makers working in this field. For scholars of Israel especially, this book will play an important role in explaining the country's unique electoral history and its various experiments with electoral reform.— John C. Courtney, author of Elections

"Rahat finds just the right balance between the larger theoretical and comparative questions and an informed, detailed analysis of the Israeli experience. This is no simple accomplishment, and he is to be congratulated on the achievement."— Asher Arian, author of Politics in Israel: The Second Republic, Second Edition
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791473498
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2008
  • Series: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Gideon Rahat is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables ix

Acknowledgments xi

List of Abbreviations xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Stability and Reform of the Regime Structures of Established Democracies 7

Part 1 The Politics of Electoral Reform in Israel

Chapter 2 The Electoral System, 1948-1969: A Brief Historical Overview 47

Chapter 3 The Politics of Electoral Reform, 1969-1977: The Failure to Promote Compromise 57

Chapter 4 The Politics of Electoral Reform, 1984-1990: From (Knesset) Electoral Reform to Government System Reform 77

Part 2 The Politics of Government System Reform in Israel, 1988-1992

Chapter 5 Long-Term Developments, Catalyzing Events, and the Reform Initiative 113

Chapter 6 The Actors 147

Chapter 7 The Stages of the Reform Process and Overcoming the Barriers 179

Part 3 Reform of Regime Structures of Established Democracies in Historical and Cross-National Comparative Perspectives

Chapter 8 The Israeli Case Studies in a Historical-Comparative Perspective 215

Chapter 9 The Politics of Regime Structure Reform in Established Democracies: A Cross-National Comparative Perspective 231

Conclusions 263

Epilogue 273

Notes 277

Bibliography 299

Author Index 323

Subject Index 329

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