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The Evolving Priorities of the Israeli Left: From Social Justice to Security and Back

33 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2014 Last revised: 5 May 2015

Ilia Zatcovetsky

Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology

Konstantin Moshe Yanovskiy

Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy

Sergei Zhavoronkov

Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy

Timofey Ginker

Bar-Ilan University

Date Written: April 15, 2014

Abstract

One could define Leftist politician as a "happiness promoter", prioritizing care over defense as the Government principal goal. The present article traces the dynamics of the priorities chosen by leftist parties in Israel. During the period of the British Mandate they maintained anti-militaristic views. Beginning in 1948, leftist in Israel become vividly pronounced "pro-defenders." But during 1977-1982, their views begin to drift toward the original position typical for leftists: the precedence of social spending and goals rather than maintaining the security of its citizens.

A study of the motives for change in the leftist stance supports the hypothesis that the period of leftist "patriotic-defensive" priorities depended on perceiving the state as a party-"corporate" asset of the Left. The decline of their electoral support was the undoing of this perception of the state, returning the Israeli Left to the classic leftist stance of "Guns vs. Butter" in favor of social spending.

Keywords: encompassing interest, pure public goods quality, defense, Labor Party priorities

JEL Classification: D72, D74, H41, H56

Suggested Citation

Zatcovetsky, Ilia and Yanovskiy, Konstantin Moshe and Zhavoronkov, Sergei and Ginker, Timofey, The Evolving Priorities of the Israeli Left: From Social Justice to Security and Back (April 15, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2425418 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2425418

Ilia Zatcovetsky

Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology ( email )

Technion, Haifa 32000
Israel

Konstantin Yanovskiy (Contact Author)

Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy ( email )

Gazetny pereulok, 3-5
Moscow, 125993
Russia

Sergei Zhavoronkov

Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy ( email )

3-5 Gazetny Lane
Moscow, 125009
Russia

Timofey Ginker

Bar-Ilan University ( email )

Ramat Gan, 5290002
Israel

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