About Me

 

My research, publications and teaching, since I received my first position at the Hebrew University in 1995, focus on the neo-institutional cornerstones of comparative politics: political parties and party systems, on the one hand, and elections and electoral systems, on the other. My third, and more recent, area of specialization is legislative studies. My goal has always been to transcend the disciplinary divide between my three chosen fields of specialization.

Underpinning my academic work over the last 20+ years is my belief in comparative analytical research. My research is largely comparative in nature, and partially Israel-focused, both sides of which strengthen the other. My study of Israeli politics is guided by the fact that I do not believe in the axiom of Israeli exceptionalism. In my publications, I attempt to place the constantly developing Israeli case into either a comparative or a theoretical framework. Moreover, I strive to introduce the Israeli case into collaborative international academic projects, where it can both benefit from and be of benefit to scholars.

My current research, funded by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), is on the adoption and political consequences of the constructive vote of no-confidence. This mechanism, meant to stabilize parliamentary democracies, exists in only six countries. My research team is looking at the historical reasons for the adoption of this mechanism in Germany in the 1940s, Spain in the 1970s, Belgium, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia in the 1990s, and Israel in 2015. The second stage of the research will look at the political ramifications of this mechanism, and if it indeed makes the transition to, or multi-party nature of, parliamentary democracies more stable.