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Democracy in a Jewish State: Comparing Government Involvement in Religion in Israel vs. Other Democracies

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One of the most important recent debates in Israeli political and academic circles is the question of whether Israel can be as state that is both Jewish and democratic. This question is also relevant to the larger question of what role religion can and should play in democracies in general. This paper uses the Religion and State (RAS) dataset which includes detailed information on government involvement in religion (GIR). A comparison of Israel to other democracies shows that all types of GIR which exist in Israel also exist in other democracies. This implies that the extent of GIR in Israel does not undermine its democratic character. The results also show that while democracies tend to have lower levels of GIR than non-democracies, the relationship between GIR and regime is nonlinear.

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Rynhold, Jonathan. "Democracy in a Jewish State: Comparing Government Involvement in Religion in Israel vs. Other Democracies" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Marriott, Loews Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 31, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p152193_index.html>

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Rynhold, J. , 2006-08-31 "Democracy in a Jewish State: Comparing Government Involvement in Religion in Israel vs. Other Democracies" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Marriott, Loews Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p152193_index.html

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Abstract: One of the most important recent debates in Israeli political and academic circles is the question of whether Israel can be as state that is both Jewish and democratic. This question is also relevant to the larger question of what role religion can and should play in democracies in general. This paper uses the Religion and State (RAS) dataset which includes detailed information on government involvement in religion (GIR). A comparison of Israel to other democracies shows that all types of GIR which exist in Israel also exist in other democracies. This implies that the extent of GIR in Israel does not undermine its democratic character. The results also show that while democracies tend to have lower levels of GIR than non-democracies, the relationship between GIR and regime is nonlinear.

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"Democracy in a Jewish State: Comparing Government Involvement in Religion in Israel vs. other Democracies" Jonathan Fox Department of Political Studies Bar Ilan University Foxjon@mail.biu.ac.il Jonathan Rynhold Department of Political Studies Bar Ilan University rynhold@mail.biu.ac.il Abstract: One of the most important recent debates in Israeli political and academic circles is the question of whether Israel can be as state that is both Jewish and democratic. This question is also relevant to the larger question of what role religion can
Jonathan Fox and Shmuel Sandler “Regime Types and Discrimination against Ethno-Religious Minorities: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Autocracy-Democracy Continuum” Political Studies 51 (3) 2003 469-489. 72 While the Fox and Sandler study also used a version of Polity measure for democracy it used different criteria for defining democracy with this measure. It divided states into only 3 categories: democracies semi-democracies and autocracies. Many of the states considered near-democracies in this study were considered democracies in the Fox and Sandler


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