Israel’s Innovative Young Adults Lists Robust Participation in Institutional Municipal Politics

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Scholars have pointed to the alarming decline in the partici- pation of young people in the institutional political activities underlying representative democracy, such as voting, joining political parties, or running for office. Solutions previously proposed have dealt with par- ticipatory democracy rather than representative democracy. Based on in-depth interviews, this article shows that, since 1998, the involvement of Young Adults Lists (YALs) in Israel’s local elections have successfully and consistently engaged young adults as a descriptive constituency in local representative democracy. The YALs’ extraordinary electoral success derives from their ability to construct and carry out an innova- tive campaign strategy tailored to the preferences of young adults. This strategy has compensated for the YALs’ minimal financial resources and their lack of political experience and significant ties to national parties or similar organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-153
Number of pages17
JournalIsrael Studies Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Israel
  • Young Adults Lists
  • campaigns
  • descriptive form of representation
  • local representative democracy
  • political innovation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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