Power and Ritual in the Israel Labor Party: A Study in Political Anthropology

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M.E. Sharpe, 1993 - Political Science - 267 pages
An anthropological study of a major national political party - one which dominated Israeli politics for nearly five decades and was returned to office in summer 1992. The analysis focuses on the relationship between culture and politics to explain the crucial role the Labour Party has played.
 

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Contents

Introduction An Unconventional Approach Explained and Justified
v
The Power of Nominations
23
The Suppression of Issues
40
Rituals of SelfIdentification Rebellion and Assertion
59
Continuity and Change in Representation in Party Institutions
82
Party Center and Local Branch Relationships
102
The End of an Epoch and a New Regime
126
Adjustment to Being in Opposition
147
Democratization of Leadership Selection
172
The Impact of the Intifada
188
Facing the Future
202
Concluding Perspectives
215
Bibliography
226
Index
237
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