Gideon Rahat

Gideon Rahat
Professor, Department of Political Science
Room 4324, Social Science
Office Hours: with prior coordination
02-5883274

Professor Gideon Rahat holds the Gersten Family Chair in Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been studying Comparartive politica and Israeli politics, focusing on the politics of re¬form, democratic institutions, political parties, candidate and leadership selection and political per¬sonalization. He is the co-editor of the book series The Elections in Israel since 2015. He authored several books; the last one, From Party Politics to Personalized Politics? Party Change and Political Personalization in Democracies, together with Ofer Kenig, was published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. His most recent editorial project (together with Reuven Hazan, Alan Dowty and Menachem Hofnung) is The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society (2021). His books and edited volumes also include The Promise and Challenge of Party Primary Elections: A Comparative Perspective (with William Cross, Ofer Kenig, Scott Pruysers, 2016); Democracy Within Parties: Candidate Selection Methods and their Political Consequences (with Reuven Hazan, 2010); The Politics of Regime Structure Reform in Democracies: Israel in Comparative and Theoretical Perspective (2008). In addition, he published numerous articles in refereed academic journals, chapters in edited books, handbook and encyclopedia entries and various other publications. He is also a senior fellow at the leading nonpartisan political think tank, the Israel Democracy Institute. As part of his work there he published several monographs, policy and position papers. Heading a team of 10 researchers, he was the leading editor of the book Reforming Israel's Political System (2013, in Hebrew).

Recent Publications (2018-present)

Rahat, Gideon and Ofer Kenig. From Party Politics to Personalized Politics? Party Change and Political Personalization in Democracies. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Rahat, Gideon and Shahaf Zamir. “Personalized Politics Online,” in William P. Cross, Richard S. Katz and Scott Pruysers (eds.), The Personalization of Democratic Politics and the Challenge for Political Parties. ECPR Press, Rowman & Littlefield, 2018, pp. 103-124.

Zamir, Shahaf and Gideon Rahat. Online Political Personalization: A Comparative Study of Parties and Politicians in Israel. Policy paper 124. Israel Democracy Institute, 2019.

Rahat, Gideon. The Decline of the Group and the Rise of the Star(s): From Party Politics to Personal Politics. Israel Democracy Institute, 2019 (Hebrew).

Kenig, Ofer and Gideon Rahat. Equal Opportunity in the Selection of Knesset Candidates. Israel Democracy Institute, 2019. (Hebrew).

Reuven Y. Hazan, Alan Dowty, Menachem Hofnung, and Gideon Rahat (eds.). 2021. The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Reuven Y. Hazan, Alan Dowty, Menachem Hofnung, and Gideon Rahat. 2021. “Introduction to Israeli Politics and Society,” in Reuven Y. Hazan, Alan Dowty, Menachem Hofnung, and Gideon Rahat (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society. Oxford University Press, 2021, pp. 1-15.

Rahat, Gideon. “Political Reform in Israel” in Reuven Y. Hazan, Alan Dowty, Menachem Hofnung, and Gideon Rahat (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society. Oxford University Press, 2021, pp. 383-394.

Shapira, Assaf and Gideon Rahat. “Electoral Behavior in Israel,” in Reuven Y. Hazan, Alan Dowty, Menachem Hofnung, and Gideon Rahat (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society. Oxford University Press, 2021, pp. 617-636.

Pedersen, Helene H. and Gideon Rahat. "Personalization and Personalized Politics: The Behavioural Dimension" A special issue of Party Politics, forthcoming.

Pedersen, Helene H. and Gideon Rahat. "Introduction: Political Personalization and Personalized Politics within and beyond the Behavioral Arena," Party Politics, forthcoming.

Itzkovitch Malka, Reut, Shaul Shenhav, Reuven Y. Hazan, and Gideon Rahat. "The Collective Memory of Dominant Parties in Parliamentary Discourse,” Party Politics, forthcoming.