Csaba Nikolenyi: Israeli Party System at Crossroads?

Gastvortrag | 21. April 2021, 18:00 Uhr | Online-Veranstaltung

Csaba Nikolenyi: Israeli Party System at Crossroads? Electoral Politics and Coalition Government, 2019–21
Gastvortrag | 21. April 2021, 18:00 Uhr | Online-Veranstaltung

Israeli voters have gone to the polling stations a record four times within a short span of two years between April 2019 and March 2021 to elect their representatives in the Knesset, the country’s unicameral parliament. This presentation discusses why recent Israeli elections have become inconclusive and why political parties have been increasingly unable to broker compromises to form durable coalition governments. It suggests that the source of Israel’s current crisis of governability is caused by the decay and de-institutionalization of the party system.


Csaba Nikolenyi is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies at Concordia University. His current research focuses on legislative politics in the Knesset and has recently completed a book on the history of party switching and Kalanterism. He was former English Co-Editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science (2006–11); Chair of the Department of Political Science (2011–14); Founding Co-Director and current Director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies. He held Visiting Professor appointments at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007–8, 2015–6), Science PO Grenoble (2015), the Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University (2012), O.P. Jindal Open Global University in India (2016), and currently at the Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (2020). He has published extensively in comparative politics journals and has authored two books: Minority Government in India (Routledge2010) and Institutional Design and Party Government in Post-Communist Democracies (Oxford University Press, 2014).


Institut für Zeitgeschichte
Institut für Politikwissenschaft
AIANI (Austria Israel Academic Network)

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