Authority and participation in a new democracy: political struggles in Mapai, Israel's ruling party, 1948-1953

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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."--
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBoston
PublisherAcademic Studies Press
Number of pages320
ISBN (Electronic)1306881323, 1618110713, 1936235277, 9781306881326, 9781618110718, 9781936235278
ISBN (Print)1936235277, 9781936235278
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameIsrael: society, culture and history
PublisherAcademic Studies Press

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Israel -- Politics and government -- 1948-1967
  • Israel Labour Movement (1930-1967)
  • Israel Labour Party (1930-1967)
  • Mapai
  • Mapaj
  • Mifleget poale Erez Yisrael (Political party)
  • Mifleget poalei Erez Israel
  • Mifleget poʻale Erets Yiśraʼel (Political party)
  • Mifleget poʻale Erets-Yiśraʼel
  • Parti Mifleget poalé Eretz-Israël (Mapai)
  • Partido Mifleget Poale Eretz-Israel (Mapai)
  • Political parties -- Israel -- History -- 20th century
  • Political sociology -- Israel -- History
  • Мапай
  • Мифлегет поалей Эрец-Йисраэль
  • מפא"י
  • מפלגות -- ישראל -- היסטוריה -- המאה ה-20
  • מפלגת פועלי א"י
  • מפלגת פועלי ארץ ישראל
  • מפלגת פועלי ארץ ישראל (מפלגה פוליטית)
  • أحزاب سياسيّة -- إسرائيل -- التاريخ -- القرن ٢٠
  • حزب العمال اليهود في ارض يسرائيل
  • حزب عمال اسرائيل (مباي)
  • حزب ماباي
  • ماباي -- (حزب)
  • مباي -- (حزب)


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