Public Policy and Electoral Reform

Public Policy and Electoral Reform : The Case of Israel

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Is the public really sure what they are voting for? Does a small policy change really mean what the voters have been told it means? Public Policy and Electoral Reform: The Case of Israel examines the effects electoral change and reform have on the making and implementation of public policy. The book brings into question the actual influence voters have over electoral outcomes by probing various scenarios. Using the case of Israel as an illustration, political scientists Gideon Doron and Michael Harris bring to the fore analysis that challenges the reader to consider the real potential of electoral reform. Doron and Harris place the Israeli reforms within a theoretical framework, using Israel as a testing ground for the theory. In Part One the authors describe the theoretical underpinnings of electoral systems and electoral change. Part Two presents the fascinating story of the Israeli case, with close analysis of the successes and failures of the reforms and their impact on public policy from 1996 through the election of Prime Minister Ehud Barak in 1999.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 15.2mm | 317.52g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073910134X
  • 9780739101346

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Relating Public Policy to Electoral Systems: A Theoretical Framework Chapter 3 Representation and Electoral Systems Chapter 4 Changing and Reforming an Electoral System Chapter 5 Governability and Electoral Change Part 6 Electoral Change in Israel Chapter 7 Small Electoral Changes in the Israeli Electoral Method Chapter 8 Electoral Reform: The Case of 1992 Chapter 9 Public Policy under the Prime Minister Regime: 1996-1999 Chapter 10 Conclusion
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Review quote

Doron and Harris's concise study links an excellent overview of the complexities of electoral reform with an insightful analysis of the Israeli political process. Academic specialists and graduate students will find much value in this book, both as a teaching tool to a present theory in a working setting and as a basis for further study of the pitfalls of electoral reform. Perspectives on Political Science
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About Gideon Doron

Gideon Doron is Professor of Political Science at Tel Aviv University and Past President of the Israeli Association of Political Scientists. Michael Harris is Professor of Political Science and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Eastern Michigan University.
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