Spring 2007 not offered
This course aims to make students familiar with the nature of Israeli democracy.
The course will be divided into historical and contemporary parts. The historical part examines ideological premises upon which the state was found and analyzes strategies of state and nation building employed by the state's "founding fathers" between 1920's and 1967. The contemporary part analyzes the main features of the contemporary Israeli polity (i.e. from 1967 to present). In particular, it explores such issues as the nature of the political system; political parties and movements; changes in electoral behavior, political culture, and political economy; the political role of the judiciary and religion; the impact of the Arab-Israeli conflict (including Intifada) on Israeli politics and society; and the interrelations between the state of Israel and its Arab minority.
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