Two reversals in Israeli politics: why 1992 was not 1977

Asher Arian, Michal Shamir

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Twice elections caused sharp changes in Israeli politics-once in 1977, and again in 1992. The 1992 shift was smaller, but the major difference was that the 1977 election put an end to the era dominated by Labor. It climaxed a realigning electoral era which was grounded in ethnicity and established new and durable election groupings. The issue of the territories was significant in the 1977 reversal, but in the 1992 turnover it was central and the elections were predominantly issue-based. There was an increased willingness to compromise on the territories; disaffection with the Likud's performance rose: and the Likud government expenditures on the settlements in the territories served as a powerful wedge issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-341
Number of pages27
JournalElectoral Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1993
Externally publishedYes


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