Parties and Labour Federations in Israel

Ronen Mandelkern, Gideon Rahat

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The chapter examines the current relations of a centre-left party (Labour), a left party (Meretz) and a centre-right party (Likud) with three trade union federations in Israel. It demonstrates that ad hoc and personal links between the left and centre-left parties and the main labour federation, the Histadrut, have replaced the formerly symbiotic organizational linkage between these organizations. Links within the different political organizations of the Israeli labour movement, which previously were uniquely strong, now matter only occasionally and residually. This development can be explained by a combination of political and economic factors that led to the weakening of both parties and labour federations, and the substantial personalization of Israeli politics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeft-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century
EditorsElin Haugsgjerd, Allern Bale, Tim Bale
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780198790471
StatePublished - 2017


  • Israel politics
  • labour unions
  • left-wing parties
  • political-economy
  • political personalization
  • Likud
  • Histadrut
  • Meretz


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