Campaigns in the holy land: The content and effects of election news coverage in Israel

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Established in 1948 as a parliamentary democracy, Israel has a 120-member parliament, the Knesset, which is elected by a closed-list system of proportional representation with the entire country serving as one constituency (Rahat & Hazan, 2005). The closed-list system does not allow the voters in the national elections an opportunity to influence the composition of the candidate lists. It is a multiparty system in a multicleavaged society (Lijphart, 1993), with an average number of parties in each Knesset that is usually never fewer than a dozen (Rahat & Hazan, 2005). Parties were the dominant actors in the Israeli polity in the first decades after independence (Galnoor, 1982; Horowitz & Lissak, 1989).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Election News Coverage around the World
EditorsJesper Strömbäck, Lynda Lee Kaid
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781135703455
ISBN (Print)9780805860375
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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