The Anatomy of Human Rights in Israel: Constitutional Rhetoric and State Practice

The Anatomy of Human Rights in Israel: Constitutional Rhetoric and State Practice

By: Assaf Meydani (author)Hardback

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Why is there such a large gap between the declarations that countries make about human rights and their imperfect implementation of them? Why do states that have enacted laws and signed treaties about human rights choose to not enforce these laws in daily life? Why have activists failed to achieve the goals of ensuring human rights domestically and internationally? This book examines the issue of human rights in the Israeli domestic arena by analyzing the politics and strategies of defending human rights. To do so, it integrates the tools of social choice theory with a unique institutionalist perspective that looks at both formal and informal, and local and international factors. The book offers an analysis explaining the processes through which Israel is struggling to promote human rights within a specific institutional environment, thus determining the future of Israeli democracy and its attitude toward human rights.

About Author

Assaf Meydani is an Associate Professor in the School of Government and Society at the Academic College of Tel Aviv, Yaffo, Israel. His research interests include public policy, politics and law, and political economy. He is the author of several books, including The Israeli Supreme Court and the Human Rights Revolution: Courts as Agenda Setters (2011), Political Transformations and Political Entrepreneurs: Israel in Comparative Perspective (2009) and Public Responsibility and Political Consumption (2009, in Hebrew). His articles have appeared in journals such as Israel Studies, the Israel Law Review, Policy and Society, Constitutional Political Economy, Rationality and Society, Land Use Policy, Contemporary Security Policy, and the International Journal of Public Administration, and in the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy.


1. Introduction; 2. Institutional theory and social choice studies: understanding the anatomy of human rights; 3. Human rights between constitutional rhetoric and state practice; 4. Structural and cultural variables favoring a short-term orientation; 5. The right to be free from the threat of torture in light of structural and cultural complexity; 6. The right to equality: gender segregation on ultra-orthodox buses following the Israeli High Court of Justice ruling on the 'segregation lines' in 2011; 7. The right to enjoy a decent lifestyle: the case of the Laron law - national insurance law (amendment no. 109, 2008) encouraging the disabled to work; 8. The human rights commission in Israel that never was; 9. Property rights - the issue of designing policy about the separation fence - the High Court of Justice case: Beit Sureiq Village v. the State of Israel, 2004; 10. The right to human dignity and liberty: the organ transplant law, 5768 (2008); 11. Policy evaluation: analyzing the reality for human rights.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781107054578
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 311
  • ID: 9781107054578
  • weight: 540
  • ISBN10: 1107054575

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