The elixir of electoral reform in Israel
There is no perfect balance. The question is whether there is a better balance than the present system. Or, alternatively, whether the present system and its built-in instability makes the country ungovernable.
Twenty years ago the Knesset passed a law revising the Israeli electoral system, providing for a hybrid parliamentary-executive system wherein the prime minister was to be elected by direct popular vote. This incongruous system was adopted after a lengthy public campaign calling for a change in the existing parliamentary system. In the Knesset it was led by Amnon Rubinstein, an expert on constitutional law;...
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