Politics in Israel: The Second Republic

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Politics in Israel is an incisive guide to Israel&BAD:rsquo;s rich past, unpredictable present, and promising but undoubtedly turbulent future. In his new second edition, Asher Arian again takes a comprehensive look at the country&BAD:rsquo;s history, demography, economy, and sociology&BAD:mdash;and provides cogent analysis of its ever-changing role in the Middle East. Informed by the latest opinion polls, survey data, and election results, Arian clarifies the major issues facing Israeli culture and politics, and explains the complexities of Israel&BAD:rsquo;s political institutions, political behavior, and public policies. He chronicles the significant events in this dynamic nation's relatively brief experience of self-governance and introduces readers to the exceptional personalities who have defined its domestic landscape. New and expanded coverage in the second edition features: the impact of immigration from the former Soviet Unionthe adoption and cancellation of the direct election of the prime ministerthe constitutional revolution occasioned by the expansion of judicial reviewthe weakening of political partiesthe decentralization of the economy and emergence of a stronger capitalist ethicthe political impact of the second intifadaand the dominance of Ariel Sharon