By Asher Arian, David Nachmias, Ruth Amir

This can be the 1st finished exam of the evolution of government governance in Israel. The e-book describes and analyzes the political and bureaucratic constructions and techniques that have resulted in the predominance of the administrative in policy-making and governance. It additionally analyzes fresh political and administrative reforms and their results at the Knesset, political events, governing coalitions, and non-elected public professionals.

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Yet in all systems, executives have added power since their election is a mark of legitimacy. This is the case whether they are elected directly (as in Israel, France, Russia, and Mexico), indirectly (as in the United States), or, as in pure parliamentary systems, by the support of the party or parties whose votes they count on to rule in parliament. At the same time, historical circumstances and the personality or leadership styles of chief executives have furnished many opportunities to exert strong and lasting impacts on the history of the country.

At the same time, the reform created new ambiguities and additional political opportunities, perpetuating many practices of the prior regime. The dependence of the prime minister and the cabinet on a legislative majority continue to constrain even the directly elected prime minister. However, this dependence has turned into a valuable resource for the chief executive. Governments in parliamentary democracies are fully controlled by the legislature in a formal sense, but in practice parliament is often reduced to a staging ground since the executive becomes the locus of political power (Laver and Schofield, 1990).

Notwithstanding the variety of institutional designs, the most pronounced transformation in modern democratic governance has been the factual shift of political power from the legislature and the judiciary to the executive. Political executives have replaced legislators in the conduct of governmental affairs, commanding almost exclusive media and popular attention. The public expects the prime 20 Executive Governance in Israel minister, the president, and the chancellor to lead and to give direction to government; to make authoritative decisions about collective problems of society, and to project the strength and the unity of the nation.

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