This book takes a fresh look at the trajectories of Israeli
politics since the election of Likud in 1977, examining how right
wing parties have adopted populist policies in order to carve out
an identity and win support at the polls. As such it demonstrates
how populism has become a hugely significant factor in shaping
Israeli politics and society.
The original perspective taken by the author allows for an
understanding of the central phenomena of the contemporary
political system in Israel, such as the Likud's party centrality in
Israeli politics, the political force of the religious Shas party
and the growing influence of certain political leaders. Through
this innovative analysis of the concept of populism, the book
contributes to a better understanding of the Israeli political
With Israel playing such a central role in the Middle East
conflict, this analysis of the ways in which populism contributes
to the consolidation of governing political forces in Israel will
allow for a better understanding of this conflict. Combining the
theoretical elaboration of the concept of populism with its
application in the analysis of a specific test-case, this novel
approach contributes to the ongoing research on populist politics,
and as such will be a useful tool for understanding many issues in
the study of populism, comparative politics and the Middle
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