The elite structure in Israel: A socio-historical analysis

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Proponents of the neo-elite paradigm put little emphasis on temporal changes within the same elite structure, yet an elite structure can be transformed by changes in the environments in which the elites are embedded This article focuses on changes in the Israeli elite structure from the early 1920s to the end of the 1980s. The consensual unified elite structure achieved prior to national independence shifted from a single to multiple elite structure during this period. Non-elected elites became increasingly autonomous; yet the political elite continues to occupy the pivotal position. The significant changes in the elite structure are the result of numerous socio-political factors: the establishment of the State of Israel; changes in the economy; the continuation of the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts; increased political competition; and the formation of corporatist politics. Moreover, the various changes provoked the development of mediating mechanisms that maintained integration among the elites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-46
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Political and Military Sociology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jun 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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