Voting for extreme right parties in Israel: Evidence from the 2009 elections

Michael Freedman, Or Kaner, Irena Kaplan

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In recent years, extreme right parties have received considerable electoral support in Europe. Accordingly, many scholars have examined the factors attracting voters in many Western democracies to extreme right parties. In this study, we sought to determine what factors are responsible for the support of extreme right parties in Israel. Using Israel National Election Studies micro-data for the 2009 elections, we found evidence that political dissatisfaction and security issues significantly contribute to support for extreme right parties. In contrast to other countries where economic issues are more salient, our results suggest that economic views do not significantly explain one's support for extreme right parties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-77
Number of pages10
JournalElectoral Studies
StatePublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Extreme right voting
  • Israel
  • Voter behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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