Localism Revived: Three Studies of National-Local Relations in Israel

Alex Weingrod

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XI: Values, Interests, and Identity

Published in print May 1996 | ISBN: 9780195103311
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854585 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Localism Revived: Three Studies of National-Local Relations in Israel

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This chapter explores three books on national–local relations in Israel. These are Sam N. Lehman-Wilzig's Wildfire: Grassroots Revolts in Israel in the Post-Socialist Era, Shlomo Hasson's Urban Social Movements in Jerusalem: The Protest of the Second Generation, and Efraim Ben-Zadok's Local Communities and the Israeli Polity: Conflict of Values and Interests. Since its inception, Israel has been a highly centralized state, and the view has long been held that the great power of national government is at the expense of underfinanced, inefficient, poorly led, and bureaucratized local governments. Each of the three books reviewed here explains the historical background to centralization and focuses on a surprising new theme: during the past decade or two, significant changes have been taking place, and as a result local interests have grown stronger. What is more, in portions of these books the United States appears as the model for Israel to follow.

Keywords: Israel; Sam N. Lehman-Wilzig; Shlomo Hasson; Efraim Ben-Zadok; centralization; United States; national–local relations; national government; local governments

Chapter.  1702 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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