The Israeli Supreme Court and the Human Rights Revolution

The Israeli Supreme Court and the Human Rights Revolution : Courts as Agenda Setters

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This book explains the reciprocal relations between the Supreme Court and the Israeli political system. It is based on a unique approach that contends that the non-governability of the political system and an alternative political culture are two key formal and informal variables affecting the behavior of several political players within the Israeli arena. The analysis illustrates the usefulness of such a model for analyzing long-term socio-political processes and explaining the actions of the players. Until this model changes significantly, the decisions of the High Court of Justice express the values of the state and enable Israel to remain a nation that upholds human rights. The Court's decisions determine the normative educational direction and reflect Israel's democratic character with regard to the values of human rights.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 7 b/w illus. 3 tables
  • 1139102427
  • 9781139102421

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. The intervention of the Israeli High Court of Justice in government decisions: an empirical, quantitative study with paradoxical results; 3. Law and politics: theoretical aspects; 4. The Supreme Court as a political entrepreneur in the process of institutional change - an analysis based on shared mental models and political entrepreneurship; 5. Israeli public law; 6. Israel in light of structural and cultural variables; 7. The Supreme Court and the political system in light of social and political processes in Israel during 1948-99; 8. The struggle for a new conservative constitutional court (2000): redefining the guarantor of human rights in Israel - the role of the Israeli Supreme Court; 9. The rule of 'who governs' as electoral capital (1999-2007): the Supreme Court as an agenda setter in Israel; 10. The Supreme Court of Israel as an agenda setter: three cases; 11. On law, society and policy design - towards a reform in the relationship between the High Court of Justice and the Knesset; 12. Conclusion and normative implications.
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"This important book takes uses quantitative empirical analysis backed by qualitative case studies to carefully examine the role that the Israeli High Court of Justice has played in Israel's political life. The important findings demonstrate the corelationship between the HCJ and other actors in the political system."

- Jeffrey Segal
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Stony Brook University "An important increment to an important subject, which may prove useful for Israel studies students as well as for those engaging in pure comparative work within the subfield of public law."

- Amnon Rubinstein
Professor of Law, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, 2006 Israel Prize Winner for the Study of Law "In this innovative study the author analyzes the role of Israeli supreme court in social and political engineering by initiating institutional changes in Israel. Meydani successfully develops an interdisciplinary approach to the study of public law, politics and policy."

- Shimon Shetreet
Greenblatt Professor of Public and International Law, The Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel "The Israeli Supreme Court and the Human Rights Revolution is a marvelous book. Not only will it inform future accounts of this fascinating Court, it will serve as a foundational resource for all work examining the role courts play in their societies."

- Lee Epstein
Provost Professor of Law and Political Science & Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law, University of Southern California
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