Ami Pedahzur

ProfessorPh.D., University of Haifa, Israel

Director, Institute for Israel Studies and Professor, Arnold S. Chaplik Professor in Israel and Diaspora Studies
Ami Pedahzur



Israeli society and politics, The IDF, terrorism, counterterrorism, political radicalism.


Ami Pedahzur is a Professor of Government and the Arnold S. Chaplik Professor in Israel and Diaspora Studies.

He is also the Founding Director of the Institute for Israel Studies at UT Austin.

His recent books include:

'The Triumph of Israel’s Radical Right' (Oxford University Press, 2012)

'The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle against Terrorism' (Columbia University Press, 2009)

'Jewish Terrorism in Israel' (Columbia University Press, 2009, with Arie Perliger)

‘Suicide Terrorism’ (Polity Press, 2005).

He is currently working on a new book manuscript entitled:

Military Entrepreneurs and the Evolution of Israel’s Special Operations Forces.

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J S 365 • Israel: Society And Politics

40026 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 800am-930am MEZ B0.306
(also listed as GOV 365N)

In recent years, the State of Israel has experienced a series of severe political crises which have left their mark on the ability of the Israeli government to continue to function efficiently. There are a number of salient reasons for this. For example, the lack of a constitution, the absence of a democratic tradition among the adult population and the lack of an ethical and normative consensus regarding the state's character. Temporary factors may professionalism of some of the current policy makers. The course will investigate these issues with emphasis on the behavior of principal actors in Israeli society and politics. We will discuss the reciprocal relations between the three main governmental authorities in Israel and their influence on the electoral system as well as the public's involvement in politics. We will then analyze the main political divisions in Israel and inter-party politics, the formation of governmental coalitions and how these are maintained, and implementation of public policy. The way these topics are integrated and formulate modern Israeli politics will be discussed, and the representative character and stability of Israeli democracy will be evaluated.

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