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Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century$
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Elin Haugsgjerd Allern and Tim Bale

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790471

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790471.001.0001

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Parties and Labour Federations in Israel

Parties and Labour Federations in Israel

(p.149) 8 Parties and Labour Federations in Israel
Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century

Ronen Mandelkern

Gideon Rahat

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   Israel politics, labour unions, left-wing parties, political-economy, political personalization, Likud, Histadrut, Meretz

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