1st Edition

Israel at the Polls 2009

Edited By Shmeul Sandler, Manfred Gerstenfeld, Hillel Frisch Copyright 2010
    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    220 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This book describes political and sociological developments in Israel before and after the February 2009 elections, alongside an analysis of electoral trends. It provides an effective analysis of contemporary political and sociological Israeli history. Rather than focusing narrowly on electoral politics alone, this book broadens its focus to make it relevant to undergraduate and graduate students in Middle Eastern, Israeli and Jewish studies and the liberal arts. Israel at the Polls has been updated and published annually for thirty years, providing readers with up-to-date analysis and continuity of scholarship; this book offers an expert long-term assessment of Israeli politics.

    This book was published as a special issue of Israel Affairs.

    1. Introduction - Shmuel Sandler (Bar Ilan University, Israel) and Hillel Frisch (Bar Ilan University)

    2. The Runup to the Elections - Manfred Gerstenfeld (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Israel)

    3. The Likud in the 2009 Elections or "The Likud" - Abraham Diskin (Hebrew University, Israel)

    4. The Decline of Labor - Efraim Inbar (Bar Ilan University)

    5. Kadima Goes Backwards: The Limits of Vagueness - Giora Goldberg (Bar Ilan University)

    6. Agitation in the Religious Zionism and Stability in the Ultra-Orthodox Camp – the Religious Parties in the 2009 Elections - Asher Cohen (Bar Ilan University)

    7. The Israeli Arabs in the 2009 elections :Inclusion - Exclusion- Inclusion? - David Koren (Bar Ilan University)

    8. Peace and Security in the 2009 Elections - Jonathan Rynhold (Bar Ilan University)

    9. Corruption - Ira Sharkanski (Hebrew University, Israel)

    10. The Ultra-Orthodox Vote in Comparative Perspective: An Africanist Analysis. - William Miles (Northeastern University, USA)

    11. The Role of the Russian Immigrants in the Election - Vladimir (Ze’ev) Khanin (Bar Ilan University)


    Shmuel Sandler is the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Sara and Simha Lainer Chair in Democracy and Civility, at Bar-Ilan University, and is a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Israel.

    Manfred Gerstenfeld is Chairman of the Board of Fellows of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in Israel, and an editor of the Jewish Political Studies Review.

    Hillel Frisch is Associate Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Middle Eastern History, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.