By Jonathan Mendilow
Explores the turbulent alterations in Israel social gathering politics because the mid-1960s.
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Extra info for Ideology, Party Change, and Electoral Campaigns in Israel, 1965 - 2001
The intention is not to bring to light new material or to present an interpretation of my own. Rather, I content myself with a bare outline, limited to indicating the political realities the leaders of the Israeli right-wing opposition saw themselves as facing and the kind of considerations they had in mind when they undertook to change them. The vast literature that has accumulated on these realities and on how they came into being confronts this account with a multiple danger. To do justice to a subject that has been thoroughly researched would open it to the charge of being too long and detailed.
There could be no question of its efﬁcacy in conferring legitimacy on Herut seeing that it was a long-established, moderate, centrist party, aggregating the interests of the educated Ashkenazi whitecollar electorate. Furthermore, it was a member of the Histadrut and periodically also a partner in Mapai-led government coalitions. Little wonder then that following the poor performance of Herut in 1951 the idea of a merger with it became current in party circles. Problems of the price on the other hand explain why the overture was delayed until after the following elections, and probably also the unusual manner in which it was broached.
Instead, postreform calculations turned on how much would the candidate-elect have to pay potential coalition allies to ensure the requisite majority. In both cases however the point of departure was an inverse relation between the size of the candidate’s party and the price needed to be paid to coalition partners. Although the new electoral setup deprived the smaller parties from their king-making capacity, the precipitous decline of the larger parties raised the price winning candidates had to dole out to put together multimembered coalitions comprised of different and even competing interests.
Ideology, Party Change, and Electoral Campaigns in Israel, 1965 - 2001 by Jonathan Mendilow