Arab Local Government in Israel

Arab society   |   local government   |   authorities   |   elections   |   leadership   |   education   |   planning
Years of Activity: 2006 - 2007

Research Status:

Not Active
Participants: 

Dr. Khaled Abu- Asbah, Dr. Maha Al-Taji, Dr. Khaled Arar, Prof. Aziz Haidar,  Prof. Hanna Herzog, Khaled Jaljuli, Prof. Rassem Khamaisi, Khaled Medlej, Dr. Gila Menahem, Mohannad Mustafa, Prof. Eran Razin, Dr. Taghreed Yahya-Younes

Arab local government in Israel has several special characteristics that derive from the special situation of the Arab population in the state. This situation also influences the perception of the role and status of local government in the Arab sector, which is different from the common view in the Jewish sector.
 
For many years Arab local government in Israel has been in a state of crisis, the continuation of which leads to additional friction between the Arab population and the state. This crisis seems to be intensifying, while the trend toward reform, both globally and in Israel in particular, exposes the weakness of Arab local government and its inability to adapt quickly to change.
 
The objective of this research group was to investigate the roots of this prolonged crisis. The group investigated both the external obstacles and the main internal obstacles that influence the functioning of Arab local government in Israel along with a discussion of various areas that local authorities handle. This combined approach was chosen because of the group’s understanding that the dynamics of local government are influenced both by the structure of the administration and by the local political culture. Thus the correct approach is a comprehensive examination of both the central government’s policy and the behavior of the Arab local governments.
 
The group focused on analyzing the characteristics of Arab local governments in Israel. The members wrote articles on the relation between local government and central government; the spatial and structural obstacles to creating outline plans for Arab management of the Arab education system by local authorities; the local leadership of the Arab public; Arab local government as an agent of social change; and voting patterns of women in local elections and their influence on the type of leadership in Arab local government in Israel.