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Introduction: the ‘defending democracy’ in Israel – a framework of analysis

Ami Pedahzur

in The Israeli Response to Jewish Extremism and Violence

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780719063725
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719063725.003.0001
Introduction: the ‘defending democracy’ in Israel – a framework of analysis

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This book provides an academic discussion and analysis of the response of Israeli democracy to the various challenges facing it. It places the issue at the political-institutional frame, as well as the social frame of analysis, at centre stage. The combination of these two latter frameworks carries the potential for a better understanding of whether the ‘golden path’ does in fact exist—whether there is a course enabling democratic systems of government to protect effectively themselves without crossing the legal and ethical boundaries on which they are founded. This chapter introduces the concept of ‘defending democracy’; the Israeli politics; the book's themes; and data sources and methodology.

Keywords: political-institutional frame; democracy; Israeli politics; defending democracy

Chapter.  13406 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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