Two routes to personalized politics: Centralized and decentralized personalization.


Balmas, M., Rahat, G., Sheafer, T., & Shenhav, S. R. (2014). Two routes to personalized politics: Centralized and decentralized personalization. Party Politics , 20 (1), 37 - 51.

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This article describes two opposing types of political personalization: centralizing and decentralizing personalization. The first implies the centralization of political power in the hands of a few leaders, while the latter indicates a diffusion of group power among its components: individual politicians. We start by proposing definitions of the types and subtypes of centralized and decentralized personalization and review the literature in search of evidence of their occurrence. We then demonstrate the usefulness of the proposed typology by examining personalization trends in various aspects of Israeli politics and conclude with a discussion of the challenges that personalization set for liberal democracies. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]Copyright of Party Politics is the property of Sage Publications, Ltd. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)


Accession Number: 93910987; Balmas, Meital 1; Rahat, Gideon 2; Sheafer, Tamir 2; Shenhav, Shaul R 2; Affiliations: 1 : The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; 2 : The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Source Info: Jan2014, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p37; Thesaurus Term: DECENTRALIZATION in government; Thesaurus Term: POWER (Social sciences); Thesaurus Term: POLITICIANS; Thesaurus Term: DEMOCRACY; Subject Term: ISRAEL -- Politics & government -- 1993-; Subject Term: ISRAEL; Author-Supplied Keyword: candidates; Author-Supplied Keyword: Israel; Author-Supplied Keyword: party leaders; Author-Supplied Keyword: selecting leaders; Number of Pages: 15p; Document Type: Article; Full Text Word Count: 9264