The lecture “Israeli Party System at Crossroads? Electoral Politics and Coalition Government, 2019-2021” took place on April 21, 2021 and focused on past and current elections in Israel and the fragmented party system.
Prof. Martin Senn, Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck, welcomed the participants. Afterwards, the lecturer Prof. Nikolenyi pointed out various reasons why the past Israeli elections have all become inconclusive. He suggested that the answers lie in the convergence of the fundamental tensions in the right-religious coalition, the Covid-19 pandemic, the institutional changes and finally, political personalization. Prof. Nikolenyi claimed that the main source of Israel’s current crisis of governability may be the decay and de-institutionalization of the party system. Possible solutions could come from a leadership change in the political party Likud or a direct election of the prime minister in the future.
Following Prof. Nikolenyi’s talk, Dr. Noam Zadoff, Assistant Professor at the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck, opened the Q&A session.
The approximately 50 participants included attendees from various cities in Canada, Israel and Austria.
AIANI and the co-organizers want to thank Prof. Csaba Nikolenyi for taking the time and giving an insightful talk on current Israeli politics.