1st Edition

Collegial Democracy versus Personal Democracy ‘We' the People or ‘I' the People?

Edited By Chen Friedberg, Gideon Rahat Copyright 2024
    134 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines two patterns of democracy – collegial and personal – through a comprehensive comparison of political institutions.

    It develops a conceptual, theoretical, and methodological basis for differentiating collegial and personal democracies. Central institutions in democracy are classified according to their levels of personalism and collegialism, including political parties, candidate selection methods and electoral systems, legislature, and cabinets and governments. The book presents preliminary findings concerning the causes for this variance between the two democratic regime types.

    The book will be of key interest to students and scholars of democratic institutions, personalism and personalization, political parties and, more broadly, democracy.

    1. Introduction: collegial versus personal democratic institutional order

    Chen Friedberg and Gideon Rahat


    2. Collegial versus personal political parties

    Gideon Rahat


    3. Candidate selection methods and electoral systems: between collegialism and personalism

    Or Tuttnauer


    4. Collegial versus personal parliaments

    Avital Friedman and Shahaf Zamir


    5. Collegial versus personal cabinets and governments

    Eyal Ben Shimol, Reuven Y. Hazan and Gideon Rahat


    6. Collegial democracy versus personal democracy

    Chen Friedberg and Gideon Rahat


    Chen Friedberg is a senior lecturer in the Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science Department at Ariel University and a research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute.

    Gideon Rahat heads the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where he holds the Gersten Family Chair in Political Science. He is also a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute.