The evolution of governance in Israel

Authored by: Jonathan Fine , Itzhak Galnoor

Governance in the Middle East and North Africa

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9781857435849
eBook ISBN: 9780203850053
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The aim of this chapter is to analyse the evolution of ‘governance’ in Israel over the period from the establishment of the state until the present. The definition of governance in this chapter is that of Karl Deutsch. Deutsch suggests that governance is most properly understood as steering, since ‘although governments formulate policies, make decisions, allocate resources, and go to war, their most important role is steering the system’. 1 Consequently ‘the political center or the “central guidance cluster” is identifiable by its main function—keeping the system steady and guiding it to some future goal’. 2

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