Scientific strategists in the period of mamlakhtiyut: Interaction between the academic community and political power centers

Moshe Lissak, Uri Cohen*

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Abstract

In the first decades of the State of Israel an elitist group of scientists and scholars from academic institutions organized itself into a powerful status group. Its members participated in the establishment and development of programs and processes that had a significant impact on Israeli society. The power of this group (which we term scientific strategists) derived from personal and institutional cooperation between its members and leading political figures who had a strong influence on its agenda. This interaction was based on mutual trust and loyalty and contributed to establishing the infrastructure for the main political tradition at that time-mamlakhtiyut (the centrality of state interests). The article examines the activities of the scientific strategists, their ability to participate in government institutions without forfeiting their academic bases, and the ways in which political leaders promoted their symbolic status, financially supported their scientific activity, and endowed them with rewards and public recognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-210
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Israeli History
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011

Keywords

  • Aharon Katzir
  • Ben-Gurion
  • Chaim Sheba
  • Ephraim Katzir
  • Israeli scientists
  • mamlakhtiyut

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