Publications

2020
Amsalem, Eran, et al. 2020. “The Effect of Politicians' Personality on Their Media Visibility.”. COMMUNICATION RESEARCH 47 (7) : 1079 - 1102. Publisher's Version
Amsalem, Eran, et al. 2020. “Fine-Grained Analysis of Diversity Levels in the News.”. COMMUNICATION METHODS AND MEASURES. Publisher's Version
Zoizner, Alon, et al. 2020. “Strategy News Is Good News: How Journalistic Coverage of Politics Reduces Affective Polarization.”. POLITICAL COMMUNICATION. Publisher's Version
2020. “A Weakly Supervised and Deep Learning Method for an Additive Topic Analysis of Large Corpora (Updated October 29, 2020).”. Science Letter : 46. Publisher's VersionAbstract
2020 NOV 20 (NewsRx) – By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter – According to news reporting based on a preprint abstract, our journalists obtained the following quote [...]
Porat, Roni, et al. 2020. “Developing ReApp: an emotion regulation mobile intervention for intergroup conflict.”. COGNITION & EMOTION. Publisher's Version
Maor, Moshe, and Michael Howlett. 2020. “Explaining variations in state COVID-19 responses: psychological, institutional, and strategic factors in governance and public policy-making.”. Policy Design & Practice 3 (3) : 228 - 241. Publisher's Version
Halperin, Eran, Maya Tamir, and Roni Porat. 2020. “Group-Based Emotion Regulation: A Motivated Approach.”. EMOTION. Publisher's VersionAbstract
המטרה: לבחון את מהות ויסות הרגש הקבוצתי. עיקרי הדברים: המאמר סוקר מחקרים העוסקים בויסות רגש קבוצתי, המהווה נושא פסיכולוגי שקיבל תשומת לב מחקרית הולכת וגוברת בשנים האחרונות. זאת, תוך התמקדות בתפקיד המוטיבציה בויסות הרגש והבחנה בין גורמי הנעה שונים בהקשר הקולקטיבי. הסקירה מגדירה תחילה מהו ויסות רגש קבוצתי. בהמשך, נדונים שלושה סוגים שלמוטיבציות קבוצתיות: מוטיבציות הנובעות מיחסים תוך-קבוצתיים הקשורים בשאלה מה רצוי ביחסים בקבוצה; מוטיבציות בין-קבוצתיות הנוגעות למה רצוי ביחסים עם הקבוצה השנייה; ומוטיבציות מטה-קבוצתיות העוסקות באופי הרצוי של הקבוצה. המאמר מסכם בדיון על השלכות תוכנו הן לתחום המחקרי והן לתחום המעשי. הסבר מושג: רגש קבוצתי – תחושות הפרט הנובעות מהשתייכותו או הזדהותו לקבוצה מסויימת.
Moshe, Maor, SULITZEANU-KENAN RAANAN, and Chinitz David. 2020. “When COVID-19, constitutional crisis, and political deadlock meet: the Israeli case from a disproportionate policy perspective.”. Policy & Society : 1 - 16. Publisher's VersionAbstract
This article describes the efforts made by the Israeli government to contain the spread of COVID-19, which were implemented amidst a constitutional crisis and a yearlong electoral impasse, under the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was awaiting a trial for charges of fraud, bribery, and breach of trust. It thereafter draws on the disproportionate policy perspective to ascertain the ideas and sensitivities that placed key policy responses on trajectories which prioritized differential policy responses over general, nation-wide solutions (and vice versa), even though data in the public domain supported the selection of opposing policy solutions on epidemiological or social welfare grounds. The article also gauges the consequences and implications of the policy choices made in the fight against COVID-19 for the disproportionate policy perspective. It argues that Prime Minister Netanyahu employed disproportionate policy responses both at the rhetorical level and on the
Maor, Moshe. 2020. “Policy over- and under-design: an information quality perspective.”. Policy Sciences: Integrating Knowledge and Practice to Advance Human Dignity : 1. Publisher's VersionAbstract
This article seeks to improve our understanding of what policy over- and under-design mean; what are the consequences of these suboptimal designs; and how politics matters to these designs. Based on the review of the literature and a variety of examples that focus on the role of information quality in policy design, and drawing on two phenomena from the field of epidemiology (namely, over-adjustment and unnecessary adjustment), the article enhances the definitional clarity of the terms under investigation and allows us to address the difficulty in reconciling technical problem solving with politics. The article proposes new definitional statements of proportionate and disproportionate policy designs that vary according to the extent to which the main design properties are adjusted to low-quality information. It also explores distinct variations in a few policy characteristics resulting from over- and under-design. The policy characteristics examined here include economic efficiency, p
Maor, Moshe. 2020. “Policy Overreaction Styles During Manufactured Crises.”. POLICY & POLITICS. Publisher's VersionAbstract
המטרה: לבחון את השפעותיהן הפוליטיות של משברים. עיקרי הדברים: המאמר חוקר את מקומה של המדיניות ביצירתם והגברתם של משברים למטרות רווח פוליטי. זאת, תוך התמקדות בסגנונות שונים של עיצוב מדיניות מוגזמת לטיפול במשברים המלאכותיים והשפעותיהם על הבוחר הפוטנציאלי. המאמר מגדיר תחילה מהי מדיניות מוגזמת ומופרזת ומסביר על מניעיה האסטרטגיים השונים בכלל ובזיקה לרצון לחולל משברים מלאכותיים בפרט, תוך הדגמתם במקרים שונים מן הפוליטיקה העולמית, כדוגמת תגובתו של ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו למשבר התפרצות נגיף הקורונה Covid-19. בהמשך, ובמטרה להמחיש את הקשר שבין מדיניות מוגזמת ומשברים מלאכותיים, מוצע ניתוח לאופן ניהולו של נשיא ארצות הברית דונלד טרמפ את משבר שיירות ההגירה מאמריקה הלטינית בשנת 2018. ניתוח זה נערך לאורם של שלושה סגנונות עיצוב מדיניות מוגזמת: שימוש בתקשורת מוחלטת על מנת לשלוט על הנרטיב והשיח בציבור; חקיקת חוקים נוקשים שאינם מותירים שיקול דעת לרשויות האכיפה; ואתגור וערעור שלטון החוק. המאמר שופך אור על ההשפעות ההדדיות של הפוליטיקה ואופן ניהולם של משברים והוא מצביע על ההשלכות הטמונות בהשפעו
Moshe, Maor. 2020. “A social network perspective on the interaction between policy bubbles.”. International Review of Public Policy 2. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Studies of policy bubbles have so far ignored the possibility that a policy bubble in a given policy domain or jurisdiction may constitute an information event for another policy bubble that has been inflated elsewhere. In addition, studies of policy diffusion have paid little attention to the transmission of imperfect and wrongful policy valuations through social networks. To bridge these gaps, this article develops a theoretical framework and methodological toolbox for explaining the potential impact of interbubble dynamics on the sustainment of policy bubbles. This is achieved by focusing on: (i) the diffusion of interbubble connectivity information through social networks characterized by varying levels of segregation; (ii) the perceptions of distorted or corrected information by individuals at the receiving end as being factual, thus requiring no gap-filling by policy actors, or as an opinion that therefore requires gap-filling; (iii) the derived consequence in terms of simple or
Maor, Moshe. 2020. “Strategic communication by regulatory agencies as a form of reputation management: A strategic agenda.”. Public Administration 98 (4) : 1044. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Abstract This article develops a strategic agenda concerning regulatory agencies' strategic communication in light of the reputation literature. It highlights the main strands in this literature, presents the fundamental findings discovered so far, responds to the critiques that have recently surfaced, and offers guidance about where scholarship on strategic communication might most profitably head. The critiques discussed here centre on two aspects: (i) the claim that an agency's communication choices are to some extent driven by the distinctive logic of the media rather than by reputational concerns, and (ii) the argument that strategic communication provides only short-term solutions to emerging threats and is therefore overemphasized in the literature. Future agendas include, for example, the selection of audience segmentation strategies, and the management of competing and even contradictory communication for segmented audiences when agencies enjoy exclusive jurisdiction, as oppo
Elazar, Yiftah, and Natan Milikowsky. 2020. “Ethnicizing the republic: the strange career of the concept of republican citizenship in Israel.”. Citizenship Studies 24 (6) : 786 - 803. Publisher's VersionAbstract
The scholarship on republicanism has moved away from perfectionist and communitarian to neo-Roman interpretations of the tradition, but the scholarship on citizenship in Israel has taken a different turn: republican citizenship has come to be identified with an unusual, ethnicized conception of it, sometimes described as 'ethnorepublicanism'. This article critically discusses the ethnicization of the concept of republican citizenship in Israel Studies. The first part reconstructs how the concept of ethnorepublican citizenship, originally used to criticize the unequal status of Palestinian citizens in Israel, has morphed into an ideological justification of unequal citizenship. The second part argues that ethnorepublicanism rejects the republican commitment to the equal liberty of citizens and thus constitutes a perverse form of republicanism. The development of Israeli ethnorepublicanism illustrates the worrying potential of republican citizenship to be integrated into agendas of excl
Gidron, N. ( 1 ), and P.A. ( 2 ) Hall. 2020. “Populism as a Problem of Social Integration.”. Comparative Political Studies 53 (7) : 1027-1059. Publisher's Version
Kaddar, Merav, et al. 2020. “Artistic City-zenship: How artists perceive and practice political agency in their cities.”. Journal of Urban Affairs : 1. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Located in the theoretical triangle of urban, cultural, and political studies, this paper examines artists’ political engagement in cities. Applying a qualitative approach through inter-urban fieldwork in Hamburg and Hanover, Germany, and Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel, we study how artists critically engage with their cities and urban spaces, and analyze how the artists’ themselves perceive and practice their own actions. Based on this, we offer a typology of artists’ attitudes and behavior patterns toward urban politics and policies, which we propose as a relevant theoretical tool for analyzing political engagement of artists in the urban environment. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Cohen Kaminitz, S. 2020. “Easterlin-paradox: a revisionist account for the enlightened politician.”. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. Publisher's Version
Podoksik, Efraim, and Yiftah Elazar. 2020. “How did negative liberty become a liberal ideal?”. JOURNAL OF POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES. Publisher's Version
Kaminitz, Shiri Cohen. 2020. “Looking Good or Feeling Well? Understanding the Combinations of Well-Being Indicators Using Insights from the Philosophy of Well-Being.”. Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement 150 (1) : 1. Publisher's VersionAbstract
In the context of the broad question of the combination of different indicators of social well-being, this paper points to a distinction between four normative approaches to social well-being. The paper identifies this distinction as a path for pursuing distinct legitimate interpretations of the concept, and hence of its measurement. Analyzing the four approaches—subjectivist, objectivist, pluralist and QSH, inspired by four parallel theories in the philosophy of (individual) well-being—imparts clarity to the act of aggregation. Each approach results in different weighing schemes. The paper analyses these four approaches and their significance for the issue at hand, thereby establishing grounds for a non-arbitrary interpretation of the data represented by indicators and non-arbitrary choice between indices. A particular contribution of the paper is defining and exemplifying the QSH approach, at the heart of which is the normative conviction that a society is not better off unless both
Pazit Ben-Nun, Bloom, et al. 2020. “Coping with Moral Threat: Moral Judgment amid War on Terror.”. Journal of Conflict Resolution (2-3) : 231. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Moral dilemmas amid war on terrorism include repeated harsh moral choices, which often pose threats to one’s moral image. Given that people strive to view themselves as moral, how do they cope with such morally compromising decisions? We suggest and test two strategies to cope with morally threatening decision-making under in-group moral responsibility amid war on terrorism: (a) trivialization of the moral dilemma and (b) resentment toward the target. Four experimental studies measured (study 1) and manipulated (studies 2–4) these hypothesized mechanisms, presenting a similar collateral damage dilemma to Israeli Jews in the context of the 2014 Gaza conflict (studies 1 and 2) and to Americans in the context of the US campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) (studies 3 and 4). Results demonstrate that both trivialization and resentment facilitate harsh moral choices under conditions of moral accountability. Studying the mechanism underlying moral decision-making in co
Vishkin, Allon, et al. 2020. “Religiosity and Desired Emotions: Belief Maintenance or Prosocial Facilitation?”. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin 46 (7) : 1090 - 1106. Publisher's VersionAbstract
We assessed how religiosity is related to desired emotions. We tested two competing hypotheses. First, religiosity could be associated with a stronger desire for emotions that strengthen foundational religious beliefs (i.e., more awe and gratitude and less pride). Second, religiosity could be associated with a stronger desire for emotions that promote prosocial engagement (e.g., more love and empathy and less anger and jealousy). Two cross-cultural studies supported the first hypothesis. Religiosity was related to desire for emotions that strengthen religious beliefs, but not to desire for socially engaging or socially disengaging emotions. These findings held across countries and across several different religions. A third study investigating the mechanisms of both hypotheses using structural equation modeling supported only the first hypothesis. This research extends prior work on desired emotions to the domain of religiosity. It demonstrates that the emotions religious people desir