The Founding of Israeli Democracy, 1948-1967

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byPeter Y. Medding

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Israel is the only new state among the twenty-one countries in the world today that have maintained democracy without interruption since the end of the Second World War. Israel's case is all the more notable because its democracy was established under extremely adverse conditions: massiveimmigration; severe social dislocation; the introduction of ethnic, cultural, linguistic, religious, and national differences; rapid economic growth; a permanent security threat that led to five major wars in thirty-five years; and a population that, in the main, had little or no experience of ademocratic order. In this insightful study of Israel's founding period from 1948 to 1967, Peter Medding addresses this puzzle, providing a lucid account of the political and historical conditions that gave rise to this distinctive period, as well as the changes which brought it to an end. The resultis an eminently readable account of the state-building process and of the role played by David Ben-Gurion and other politicians in moving from consensus politics to a majoritarian-like democracy. Medding's analysis is further enriched by his comparisons of the development of Israeli democracy withthat of other countries.

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In this insightful study of Israel's founding period from 1948 to 1967, Peter Medding address these issue, providing a lucid account of the political and historical conditions that gave rise to this distinctive period, as well as the changes which brought it to an end.

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Israel is the only new state among the twenty-one countries in the world today that have maintained democracy without interruption since the end of the Second World War. Israel's case is all the more notable because its democracy was established under extremely adverse conditions: massiveimmigration; severe social dislocation; the intr...

Peter Y. Medding is at Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Head, Jewish Sociology Division, Institute of Contemporary Jewry.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.49 × 6.38 × 1.02 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195056485

ISBN - 13:9780195056488

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In this insightful study of Israel's founding period from 1948 to 1967, Peter Medding address these issue, providing a lucid account of the political and historical conditions that gave rise to this distinctive period, as well as the changes which brought it to an end.

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"This is a book that should be read by anyone wishing to understand Israel, even if one disagrees with the concept of Israel as a democracy."--Journal of Palestine Studies