Sport policy in a transformed socio-political setting: The case of Israel

Shlomo Mizrahi, Michael Bar-Eli, Yair Galily

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This article describes the impact of socio-political transformation processes on sport policy through the Israeli experience. A framework was developed for analyzing learning processes, utilizing the argument that under highly centralized systems, citizens' preferences regarding any area of life, including sport, are strongly affected by governmental policy. We show that in Israel the lack of a significant sport policy during the centralized formative years of the State influenced citizens' long-term preferences regarding sport, in the sense that it was regarded as a marginal issue that did not trigger demands for policy change. We explain that the marginality of sport in Israeli society also continued when the nature of relations between citizens and politicians was transformed from a top-down to a bottom-up orientation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-145
Number of pages23
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Alternative politics
  • Israeli society
  • Learning
  • Political culture
  • Sport policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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