The Elections in Israel 2006

The Elections in Israel--2006 brings together leading Israeli and North American social scientists and their state-of-the-art, in-depth analysis of the 2006 Israeli national elections. The 2006 elections occurred soon after the unilateral withdrawal of Israeli settlers and the army from the Gaza Strip and the departure of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon from active politics due to a massive stroke. Les mer
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The Elections in Israel--2006 brings together leading Israeli and North American social scientists and their state-of-the-art, in-depth analysis of the 2006 Israeli national elections. The 2006 elections occurred soon after the unilateral withdrawal of Israeli settlers and the army from the Gaza Strip and the departure of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon from active politics due to a massive stroke. Sharon had engineered the withdrawal from Gaza. The policy brought about a split in his ruling Likud party, and Sharon led his group to coalesce with other groups (including Labor's Shimon Peres) to form a new party, Kadima. For the first time in Israeli political history, a party of the ideological center was poised to be the top vote getter. Kadima's victory ensured the accession of Ehud Olmert, who became Israel's new prime minister.Labor, too, had fielded a new leader in the person of Amir Peretz, a former head of the country's Histadruth labor union; he attempted to focus the campaign on social and economic issues, but the campaign reverted back to security and foreign affairs. Ironically, in the post-election government, Peretz was given the post of defense minister. Likud was unable to recover from the departure of Sharon and other leaders. Its leader.The 2006 elections also saw a precipitous drop in voter turnout compared to previous elections. Parties and politicians were plagued by low levels of trust on the part of the electorate and revelations of corruption were rife. The Arabs and the religious Jewish parties each faced challenges in retaining their strength in the electorate and in the governing coalition.This volume also illuminates developments and changes in Israeli society and politics. Many of these developments--multiculturalism, changes in social stratification, sinking turnout, growing mistrust of political institutions, and political reforms--characterize other Western democracies as well, and these are discussed from a comparative global perspective. The Elections in Israel--2006 will also be of particular interest to those concerned with comparative politics and elections in general.

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Introduction1(14)




Asher Arian





Michal Shamir





Part 1: Voting Behavior





Kadima---Forward in a Dealigned Party System

15(30)




Michal Shamir





Raphael Ventura





Asher Arian





Orit Kedar





Coalition Considerations and the Vote

45(24)




Paul R. Abramson





John H. Aldrich





Andre Blais





Daniel Lee





Renan Levine





Part 2: Parties and Groups





Shas' Transformation to ``Likud with Kippa?'' A Comparative Assessment of the Moderation of Religious Parties

69(34)




Sultan Tepe





Roni Baum





The Immigration from the Former Soviet Union and the Elections in Israel, 1992-2006: Is a ``Third Israel'' Being Created?

103(32)




Viacheslav Konstantinov





1990s Immigrants from the FSU in Israeli Elections 2006: The Fulfillment of the Political Dreams of Post-Soviet Man?

135(24)




Michael Philippov





The Arab Minority in Israel and the Seventeenth Knesset Elections: The Beginning of a New Era?

159(30)




Elie Rekhess





Part 3: The Politics of the Elections





Candidate Selection in Israel: Between the One, the Few, and the Many

189(20)




Gideon Rahat





Party Strategy in the 2006 Elections: Kadima, Likud, and Labor

209(32)




Jonathan Mendilow





Patronage and the 2006 Elections

241(28)




Doron Navot





Part 4: Political Communication





Media Coverage of the 2006 Campaign: The Needs and Attitudes of the Public vis-a-vis the Functioning of the News Media

269(26)




Gabriel Weimann





Yariv Tsfati





Tamir Sheafer





The Internet Race: Parties and the Online Campaign in the 2006 Elections

295(28)




Nir Atmor

List of Contributors323(2)
Index325

Om forfatteren

Asher Arian is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a senior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute. Michal Shamir is the Alvin Z. Rubinstein Professor of Political Science at Tel Aviv University.