Ira Sharkansky

Ira Sharkansky

Ira Sharkansky is professor of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Policy Making in Israel

Routines for Simple Problems and Coping with the Complex

All governments face problems and are judged by their ability to solve them and the policies they develop in doing so. Compared with other Western democracies, Israel has faced a devastating number of problems of unusual severity in a relatively short time: war, terrorism, heavy immigration, unsettled boundaries, economic stresses, internal disputes about ethnicity and religion, and the lingering scars of the Holocaust and other persecutions. SharkanskyÆs analysis of the Israeli governmentÆs routines and methods for coping with such an array of difficulties, from simple to complex to intractable, offers general insights into how governments make policy in a democracy.