Democracy and Elections: Israel in a Comparative Perspective

This course will address central issues in Israeli politics in a comparative perspective. Specifically, we will deal with Israeli democracy and current politics; highlighting Israeli electoral system, parties and state institutions – and compare those essential institutions to other modern democracies.

Students in this course will first be introduced to the basic concepts and approaches used by comparative politics scholars.

Emphasis will be on the mapping and classification of modern democracies (about 15 countries), classification of electoral systems and the political consequences various methods, the advantages and weaknesses of each method, and the differences in the functioning and political behavior in several countries that will be under the study.

Throughout the course, we will deal in a comparative perspective with the key political processes that led some countries to reform their electoral systems, the implications of these changes and the discussion surrounding the electoral reform in Israel that is still present in those days.

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