Aronoff, Myron Joel. Power and ritual in the Israel Labor Party: a study in political anthropology

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Power And Ritual In The Israel Labor Party A Study In Political Anthropology

1 Introduction: An Unconventional Approach Explained And Justified

2 Fission And Fusion: The Politics Of Factionalism

Introduction: The Conceptual Framework

The Arena: The Cultural And Institutional Framework

Fission And Fusion: The Historic Splits And Mergers

Fusion: The Israel Labor Party, 1968–74

Decline Of The Faction System In The Mid-1970s


3 The Power Of Nominations


The Preparation/standing Committee

Determining The Composition Of The Central Committee

The Role Of Timing And Style

The Selection Of Knesset Candidates


4 The Suppression Of Issues

Introduction: The Conceptual Framework

Political Culture: Political Inefficacy And Taboos

Political Inefficacy

Taboos Against Criticism Of Leadership And Open Expression Of Conflict

Suppressed Issues

Religion And The State

The Histadrut


5 Rituals Of Self-identification, Rebellion, And Assertion

Introduction: The Conceptual Framework

Actors And Audiences

Ritual Form And Process

Consensus: Meaning In Social And Symbolic Contexts

Outcomes And Conclusions

6 Continuity And Change In Representation In Party Institutions


Deviation From “ideal” Representation

The Consequences Of Dependence And Control

Conclusions: Representation And Accountability

7 Party Center And Local Branch Relationships

Introduction: The Problem

Representation In National Party Institutions

Local Leaders

The National Party Bureaucracy: Party Headquarters

Conditions During The 1969 Election

Conditions During The 1973 Election

Summaries Of The Case Studies


8 The End Of An Epoch And A New Regime


Early Reactions To The 1973 War

Reactions In The Central Committee

Debate Over The Status Of The Galili Statement

Party Unity Threatened

The Yom Kippur War As A Catalyst Of Change

The Changing Of The Guard

Labor In Disarray

Mood Of Reform


9 Adjustment To Being In Opposition

Introduction: The Decline And Fall Of The Labor Party

Continuity And Change: The Internal Party Dimension

Histadrut And Kibbutzim

Regional Districts

Internal Groupings

Evaluations Of Continuity And Change

Opposition Behavior: The Public Dimension

First Phase

Second Phase

Third Phase

Fourth Phase

Fifth And Final Phase

Conclusion: Why Labor Failed To Return To Power


10 Democratization Of Leadership Selection


Baram Initiates Democratic Reforms

Selection Of Candidates For The Twelfth Knesset

Evaluation Of The Consequences Of Reform

The Selection Of Candidates For The Thirteenth Knesset


11 The Impact Of The Intifada


The Sequence Of Events

Ramifications Of The Intifada

Governmental Gridlock

Further Consequences



12 Facing The Future


Leadership: The Problem Of Succession


Peace And Security

Threat To Party Unity: Regaining The Center

Social And Economic Issues

The 1992 Knesset Election



13 Concluding Perspectives

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Title: Power and ritual in the Israel Labor Party: a study in political anthropology

Published By: Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1993. xx, 267 p.: ill.

By line: by Myron J. Aronoff

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Israelis (MF01)

Subjects: Labor organization (467); Cooperative organization (474); Public lectures (544); Ingroup antagonisms (578); External relations (648); Political parties (665); Elections (666);

Abstract: In its brief history the Israeli political system has been characterized by a process of fission and fusion — the splitting apart and remerging of its political parties. This document presents an exhaustive analysis of this process by focusing on the major labor parties that have dominated the political system since their inception prior to Israeli independence in 1948. Aronoff explores the historical origin of the factional system in the pre-state Jewish YISHUV (the Jewish community in Palestine prior to independence), and relates the process of fission and fusion to the dynamic socio-economic and political changes that characterize the development of Israeli society. Major characteristics of the political culture and institutional framework are related to their influence on the factional system. The author's analysis focuses on the structural and functional characteristics of the factions in the Israel Labor Party and their importance to the political process, especially the competitive one (p. 14).

Document Number: 21

Document ID: mf01-021

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 244-254) and index

Field Date: 1969-1974

Evaluation: Political Scientist, Ethnologist-4, 5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 2003

Coverage Date: 1900-1992

Coverage Place: Israel

LCSH: Israelis


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