The handbook of Israel's political system / Itzhak Galnoor, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Dana Blander, Israel Democracy Institute, Jerusalem ; Gila Svirsky, senior translator; Ira Moskowitz, translator
- Machine generated contents note: 1.The Formative Early Years of the State (1948-1953) -- 1.1.The Yishuv Period-The Beginning of Israeli Democracy? -- 1.2.Establishment of the State -- 1.3.Transitional Institutions and the Legal Infrastructure -- 1.4.Transition Put to the Test -- 1.5.The Elections of 1949-1951 -- 1.6.The State and Its Meaning -- 2.Does Israel Have a Constitution? -- 2.1.Constitutions -- 2.2.Developments upon the Founding of Israel -- 2.3.The Debate (1950)-Arguments For and Against -- 2.4."The 1949 Constitution" -- 2.5.Developments until the 2000s -- 2.6.The Basic Laws and their Significance -- 2.7.Subjects Missing from Israel's Basic Laws -- 2.8.Constitutional Rulings -- 2.9.So Does Israel Have a Constitution? -- 3.The Presidency and the Symbols of Power -- 3.1.Shaping the Institution of the Presidency -- 3.2.The Basic Law: The President (1964) -- 3.3.The Functions of the President -- 3.4.Does Israel Need the Institution of President? -- 3.5.The Future of the Institution of the President -- 4.The Knesset: First among Equals? -- 4.1.The Parliament in a Parliamentary Democracy and in Israel -- 4.2.Changes in the Status and Functioning of the Knesset -- 4.3.The Constitutional Infrastructure -- 4.4.The First Role of the Knesset-Representation -- 4.5.The Second Role of the Knesset-Legislation -- 4.6.The Third Role of the Knesset-Oversight of the Executive Branch -- 4.7.Knesset Factions, Knesset Members -- 4.8.Immunity of Knesset Members -- 4.9.The Knesset and the Other Branches-A Balance of Power -- 5.The Executive Branch and Attempts to Strengthen It -- 5.1.The Executive Branch in Parliamentary Systems and in Israel -- 5.2.The Constitutional Infrastructure -- 5.3.The Political Fabric of the Government -- 5.4.The Prime Minister -- 5.5.The Ministers -- 5.6.Types of Responsibility in the Executive Branch -- 5.7.Direct Election of the Prime Minister (1996-2003) -- 5.8.Relations between the Central and Local Governments -- 5.9.The Executive Branch and the Parliament -- 6.The Judiciary's Growing Involvement in Public Life -- 6.1.Rulers and Judges -- 6.2.The State and the Role of the Judiciary -- 6.3.The Sources of Law in Israel -- 6.4.Structure and Function of the Judiciary in Israel -- 6.5.The Status of the Judiciary in Israel -- 6.6.Public Trust and Oversight of the Judiciary -- 6.7.The Supreme Court -- 6.8.Judicial Review -- 6.9.Judicialization of Public Life -- 7.Monitoring Mechanisms: The State Comptroller and State Commissions of Inquiry (SCIs) -- 7.1.Guardians of the Public Interest -- 7.2.The Institution of State Comptroller in Israel -- 7.3.State Commissions of Inquiry (SCIs) -- 7.4.Monitoring Mechanisms: Advantages and Disadvantages -- 8.Political Participation: Have Israeli Citizens Given up on the Political System? -- 8.1.Introduction: Patterns of Political Participation -- 8.2.Factors Influencing Political Participation -- 8.3.Changing Routes of Political Participation -- 8.4.Political Participation of Specific Groups -- 8.5.Have Israeli Citizens Given up on the Political System? -- 9.Political Parties: Can We Get Along Without Them? -- 9.1.The Institution Called a "Party" -- 9.2.Parties in Israel -- 9.3.Legal Underpinnings -- 9.4.Characteristics of a Multiparty Regime -- 9.5.Mapping the Parties -- 9.6.Parties as Organizations: Internal Democracy -- 9.7.Party and Campaign Financing -- 9.8.Can We Do Without Parties? -- 10.Elections: The Vague Verdict of the Israeli Voter -- 10.1.Several Principles of Democratic Elections -- 10.2.Elections and Electoral Systems -- 10.3.The Electoral System in Israel -- 10.4.Election Campaigns -- 10.5.Election Results -- 10.6.Direct Election of the Prime Minister -- 10.7.Main Considerations of the Voters -- 10.8.Voting Patterns of Certain Groups -- 10.9.Upheavals and Trends -- 10.10.Local Authority Elections -- 11.Government Coalitions: A Steering Mechanism in the Political System -- 11.1.Definition: Coalitions as a Steering Mechanism -- 11.2.The Legal Foundation and Political Practice -- 11.3.Types of Coalitions -- 11.4.Theories of Coalition Formation -- 11.5.Data on Coalitions in Israel -- 11.6.Coalition Negotiations -- 11.7.Notable Coalition Negotiations -- 11.8.Decision, Indecision, and Coalition Crises -- 11.9.The Opposition -- 11.10.The Centrality of the Coalition in Israeli Politics -- 12.Civil Society: The Third Sector that Grew Unnoticed by the State -- 12.1.Civil Society, Social Capital, and the Third Sector -- 12.2.Legal Underpinnings, Funding Sources, and Support -- 12.3.Development of the Third Sector in Israel -- 12.4.The Third Sector in Israel: An Overview -- 12.5.Spheres of Third-Sector Political Activity -- 12.6.The Third Sector among Groups in Israeli Society -- 12.7.The Third Sector in Israeli Democracy -- 13.The Media in Israel: Do They Strengthen or Weaken Democracy? -- 13.1.Media and Politics -- 13.2.The Legal Infrastructure: Formal and Informal Arrangements -- 13.3.Media Development in Israel-Print Media -- 13.4.Media Development in Israel-Broadcast Journalism -- 13.5.The Media and Groups in Israeli Society -- 13.6.The Media and the Political System -- 13.7.Democratic Politics and the Media -- 14.Security Reigns Supreme -- 14.1.The Meaning of Security and Security Policy -- 14.2.The Institutions of the Security System -- 14.3.The Legal Infrastructure -- 14.4.Wars and Peace Agreements -- 14.5.Attitudes about Security -- 14.6.Civilian-Military Relations -- 14.7.On Militarism -- 14.8.External Oversight of the Defense System -- 14.9.Public Oversight of the Defense System -- 14.10.Security Policy and Democracy -- 15.Arab Citizens of Israel -- 15.1.The Challenge to the Political System of Israel's Arab Citizens -- 15.2.The Historical Context -- 15.3.Legal Underpinnings -- 15.4.Arab Society in Israel -- 15.5.Political Participation -- 15.6.Participation on the Local Level -- 15.7.Civil Society -- 15.8.Policies toward Arab Citizens -- 15.9.Legal Rulings -- 15.10.A National Minority and Israeli Democracy -- 16.Politics, Society, and Economics: How Did the State Provide for the Society? -- 16.1.Socioeconomic Policy -- 16.2.The Yishuv Period: Inclusion and Separation -- 16.3.The Statist Period: State = Society (Israel's Early Years) -- 16.4.The Melting Pot Policy Fails, Cleavages Emerge -- 16.5.State and Domestic Policy in the Pluralist Period -- 16.6.The Newcomers and their Political Participation -- 16.7.Old Cleavages and New Inequality -- 17.Religion and State: Between Social Conflict and Political Accommodation -- 17.1.The Challenge -- 17.2.Who and What is a Jew? -- 17.3.Political Arrangements: The "Status Quo" and its Gradual Erosion -- 17.4.The Institutional Infrastructure of Religious Affairs -- 17.5.Religion: State, Community, and Individuals -- 17.6.Religious Parties in the Political System -- 17.7.Decisions -- 17.8.Religion and Democracy -- Appendix 1: Main legislation on Jewish religious issues, by subject -- Appendix 2: Significant court rulings on issues of state and religion -- 18.Political Culture in Israel -- 18.1.Political Heritage and Political Culture -- 18.2.Political Culture in Israel -- 18.3.Ethical Conduct and a Robust Democracy -- 18.4.Steering Capacity and Policy -- 18.5.Is the Political Culture in Israel Democratic? -- 18.6.Threats to Democracy in Israel.
- There is growing interest in Israel's political system from all parts of the world. This Handbook provides a unique comprehensive presentation of political life in Israel from the formative pre-state period to the present. The themes covered include: political heritage and the unresolved issues that have been left to fester; the institutional framework (the Knesset, government, judiciary, presidency, the state comptroller and commissions of inquiry); citizens' political participation (elections, political parties, civil society and the media); the four issues that have bedevilled Israeli democracy since its establishment (security, state and religion, the status of Israel's Arab citizens and economic inequities with concomitant social gaps); and the contours of the political culture and its impact on Israel's democracy. The authors skilfully integrate detailed basic data with an analysis of structures and processes, making the Handbook accessible to both experts and those with a general interest in Israel.
- 1107097851 hardcover and 9781107097858 hardcover
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- Includes bibliographical references (pages 861-919) and index.
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