Authority and Participation in a New Democracy: Political Struggles in Mapai, Israel's Ruling Party, 1948-1953: Political Struggles in Mapai, Israels  by Avi BareliAuthority and Participation in a New Democracy: Political Struggles in Mapai, Israel's Ruling Party, 1948-1953: Political Struggles in Mapai, Israels  by Avi Bareli

Authority and Participation in a New Democracy: Political Struggles in Mapai, Israel's Ruling Party…

byAvi Bareli

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Authority and Participation in a New Democracy focuses on the changes undergone by Mapai, Israel's first ruling party, during Israel's first years of independence, then analyzes the effects of these changes in relation to Israeli political culture. Bareli's main claim is that it was only during this period that a hierarchically-organized group of leaders succeeded in imposing its dominance, fostering obedience within the party and creating oligarchic characteristics in Israel's democracy. The influence of the kibbutz movement, the moshavim movement and of urban intelligentsia- who represented the opposite political view of participatory democracy-was reduced to a minimum. This process would have a profound impact on issues of equality, on the relations between veteran Israelis and immigrants from both European and Islamic countries, and on social and civic norms.
Avi Bareli (PhD Tel Aviv University) is a senior lecturer at Ben Gurion University in the Negev. His book, Mapai in Israel's Early Independence, 1948-1953 (2007, in Hebrew), received the Ben Zvi Prize in 2008. He is the editor of the multidisciplinary journal Iyunim Bitkumat Israel.
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Title:Authority and Participation in a New Democracy: Political Struggles in Mapai, Israel's Ruling Party…Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:Academic Studies PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1936235277

ISBN - 13:9781936235278

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"A seminal study for the understanding of Israel's formative years. Combining empathy with a sober critical approach, Bareli weaves together historical narrative and social analysis in presenting how the hegemonic Labor Party under David Ben-Gurion laid the foundations for Israel's democratic system under conditions of war, siege, and mass immigration. Both the achievements and the challenges facing Israel today can be understood only in the context of what was achieved and what was neglected in the early years of the Jewish state."