The Elections in Israel 1992: Academic Standards in Higher Education

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Asher Arian, Alan Arian, Michal Shamir, Professor Michal Shamir
SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Political Science - 326 pages
As the momentum toward peace in the Middle East surges and wanes, the intensity of politics in Israel takes on added relevance. There can be little doubt that the historic Israel-PLO peace accord could not have occurred were it not for the turnabout elections of 1992. This volume, the seventh in a series begun in 1969, carries on the tradition of offering in-depth analyses of the major issues, actors, and parties involved in Israeli politics.

Leading social scientists from Israeli and North American universities and research institutes, using different methods and coming from diverse intellectual traditions, address questions such as whether the elections were a referendum on the return of the Territories; what roles the PLO and the United States played in the election results; how technological changes in political communications, packaging of candidates, and opinion polls affected the results; what contributions such groups as women, Arabs, and members of various religions made to the change in government; and whether the political reforms instituted before the elections resulted from changes in the mood of the electorate or brought about changes in Israel's policy. Contributors to the volume include Majid Al-Haj, Gideon Doron, Aaron Fein, Hillel Frisch, Tamar Hermann, Hanna Herzog, Barry Kay, Jonathan Mendilow, Barry Rubin, Ron Shachar, Gabriel Weimann, Aaron Willis, Gadi Wolfsfeld, and Yael Yishai.
 

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Contents

Two Reversals Why 1992 Was Not 1977
17
Modelling Victory in the 1992 Election
55
Group Influences
79
Penetrating the System The Politics of Collective Identities
81
Equal But Different? The GenderGap in Israels 1992 Elections
103
ShasThe Sephardic Torah Guardians Religious Movement and Political Power
121
The Political Behavior of the Arabs in Israel in the 1992 Elections Integration versus Segregation
141
Voting Trends of Recent Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union
161
USIsrael Relations and Israels 1992 Elections
193
Political Communication
205
The 1992 Campaign Valence and Position Dimensions
207
Voters as Consumers Audience Perspectives on the Election Broadcasts
235
Caveat Populi Quaestor The 1992 Preelections Polls in the Israeli Press
255
The Rise of Instrumental Voting The Campaign for Political Reform
275
Reforming Israels Voting Schemes
299
Index
321

Nonvoting Constituencies
175
The PLO and the 1992 Election A Skillful Participant?
177

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Asher Arian is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and is Professor of Political Science at the University of Haifa.

Michal Shamir is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University.

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