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Prof. Tamar Hermann

Prof. Tamar Hermann

Prof. Tamar S. Hermann is the academic director of IDI’s Guttman Center for Surveys. She also heads IDI’s Renewing the Israeli Social Contract project, is the editor of the annual Israeli Democracy Index, and co-authors the monthly Peace Index. Her areas of expertise are public opinion and the formation of national policy, as well as civil society.

Projects: The Guttman Center for Surveys, Israel Speaks: Human Dignity

IDI Senior Fellow Prof. Tamar S. Hermann, a political scientist specializing in public opinion-making and its measurement, is the academic director of IDI's Guttman Center for Surveys and heads IDI's Political Reform Project with Dr. Arye Carmon. Prof. Hermann also stands at the helm of IDI's Renewing the Israeli Social Contract project and is the co-editor of The Peace Index, a joint project of IDI and Tel Aviv University that monitors Israeli public opinion about the Arab-Israeli conflict through monthly surveys.

A leading expert in Israeli politics, foreign policymaking, civil society and grassroots politics, Prof. Hermann is a faculty member of the Political Science Department of the Open University of Israel. Between 1994 and 2006, she served as the director of the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University.

Prof. Hermann received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Tel Aviv University, where her doctoral dissertation was entitled "From a Peace Treaty to Peace Now - The Pragmatic Pacifism of the Peace Camp in Israel." She was a MacArthur Postdoctoral Fellow for Peace and Security at Princeton University, where she later returned as a Visiting Research Fellow, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Queen's University in Belfast. Prof. Hermann also served as a Research Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Truman Institute and a visiting lecturer at the university's International Relations Department.

Prof. Hermann's current research focuses on the connection between the meteoric rise in the activities of non-government organizations in liberal democracies and the difficulty that such governments have in maintaining public confidence and in ensuring adequate levels of public participation in the institutions of state. Her latest book, The Israeli Peace Movement - A Shattered Dream, was recently published by Cambridge University Press.

Together with Prof. Ephraim Yaar, Prof. Hermann also writes The Peace Index, a monthly survey of Israeli public opinion, which became a joint project of IDI and The Evens Program in Mediation and Conflict Resolution of Tel Aviv University in 2010.

  • Israeli Views of Diaspora Jewry 2014

    June 26, 2014 | Chanan Cohen, | Ella Heller, | Tamar Hermann,

    How do Jews in Israel see their connection with Jews in the Diaspora? In preparation for the first Jewish Media Summit (JMS), IDI's Guttman Center for Surveys conducted a survey of the attitudes of Israeli Jews toward Diaspora Jewry.

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  • Do You Have to Earn Dignity?

    January 21, 2014 | Tamar Hermann,

    Is dignity something that must be earned? Prof. Tamar Hermann, Head of IDI's Guttman Center for Surveys, explores this question, as IDI's Israel Speaks project assembles 200 citizens to begin drafting a Declaration of Human Dignity.

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  • The Israeli Democracy Index: A Periodic Check-Up

    October 9, 2013 | Tamar Hermann,

    Prof. Tamar Hermann, head of IDI's Guttman Center for Surveys, discusses the findings of the 2013 Israeli Democracy Index, which was submitted to President Shimon Peres on October 6, 2013.

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  • Reform and Conservative Jews in Israel: A Profile and Attitudes

    June 30, 2013 | Tamar Hermann, | Chanan Cohen,

    What percentage of Jews in Israel define themselves as Reform or Conservative? What is their ethnic origin? Do they see themselves as being on the political and economic Right or Left? This article provides a glimpse into denominations of Judaism that exist in Israel, but for which there is very little current data.

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  • Israeli Public Opinion on the Women of the Wall

    May 13, 2013 | Tamar Hermann,

    IDI Senior Fellow Prof. Tamar Hermann, head of IDI's Guttman Center for Surveys, shares findings on the Israeli Jewish public's support of the right of the Women of the Wall to pray while wearing prayer shawls and phylacteries.

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  • Israelis Indifferent to Obama Visit

    March 20, 2013 | Tamar Hermann,

    In an op-ed in Yedioth Ahronoth, IDI Senior Fellow Prof. Tamar Hermann, head of the Guttman Center for Surveys, shares observations about the lack of public interest in President Obama's visit to Israel, citing figures from the February–March 2013 Peace Index.

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  • Measuring Israeli Democracy (2011): Epistemological, Methodological, and Ethical Dilemmas

    February 27, 2012 | Tamar Hermann,

    This paper, which was prepared for presentation at a conference of the WZB Social Science Research Center in Berlin by IDI Senior Fellow Prof. Tamar Hermann, shares the dilemmas faced by the Guttman Center research team in preparing the annual Israeli Democracy Index in general and in preparing 2011 Israeli Democracy Index in particular.

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  • Prof. Tamar Hermann on the 2011 Israeli Democracy Index

    October 10, 2011 | Tamar Hermann,

    On September 25, 2011, IDI presented the 2011 Israeli Democracy Index to President Shimon Peres. Prof. Tamar Hermann, the director of IDI's Guttman Center and co-author of the Index, discusses the findings of this year's study in this video interview.

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  • The Iron Wall

    June 1, 2011 | Tamar Hermann,

    In this op-ed from the bitterlemons-api.org website (June 1, 2011), IDI Senior Fellow Prof. Tamar Hermann contends that Israelis have been turning a blind eye to the Arab Peace Initiative (API) due to a cognitive "iron wall" that stands between them and the rest of the Middle East. She supports her argument with data from the Peace Index polls.

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  • The Emergence of Antipolitical Sentiment in Israel

    May 31, 2010 | Tamar Hermann,

    In an article prepared for the second meeting of IDI’s International Advisory Council, IDI Senior Fellow Prof. Tamar Hermann introduces the concept of anti-politics, discusses anti-politics in Israel, proposes possible origins of anti-politics in Israel, and points to the detrimental ramifications of this type of political sentiment in Israel.

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  • Opinion: Welcome to Tea Party

    March 5, 2010 | Tamar Hermann,

    IDI Senior Fellow, Prof. Tamar Hermann, discusses the implications of the growing Tea Party movement in the United States on democracies around the world.

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  • Decade in Review: A Story of Disenchanted Lovers

    January 30, 2010 | Tamar Hermann,

    IDI Senior Fellow Professor Tamar Hermann explores developments in the relationship between the Israeli public and the political establishment, in an article that was published at the end of the third millennium as part of a collaboration between IDI and Walla!, a popular Israeli website.

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  • The Return of the State

    April 23, 2009 | Tamar Hermann, | Yuval Lebel, | Hila Zaban

    It is a well known fact that the general public in Israel is dissatisfied with the government. It is a lesser known fact that in spite of this low approval rating, the Israeli public clearly prefers to receive social and financial services—such as education and healthcare—from the State, and not from philanthropists, private businesses or civil society organizations. This is true despite the popular opinion that, in general, these organizations provide better services than the State and its agents. This tendency was true long before the social and economic services provided by the State began to receive greater public and media scrutiny following the onset of the current global economic crisis. In the following article, we will present and briefly explain the apparent paradox of the negative evaluation of the government's performance, on one hand, and the desire to see it become more active in providing social services, on the other.

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  • Anti-Politics

    September 13, 2008 | Tamar Hermann, | Hila Zaban | Yuval Lebel,

    Anti-politics is the aversion of citizens to political institutions and elected political figures. In this article, IDI Senior Fellow Prof. Tamar Hermann and IDI researchers Yuval Lebel and Hila Zaban survey different types of anti-politics, distinguish between anti-politics and de-politicization, and present insights about Israeli anti-politics based on the findings of the 2008 Israeli Democracy Index.

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  • The Israeli Democracy Index 2013 (English)

    Year: 2013
    Author: Tamar Hermann,, Nir Atmor,, Ella Heller,, Yuval Lebel,

    The Israeli Democracy Index has been the leading barometer of perceptions of the quality of Israeli democracy since its first publication in 2003. Read the 2013 Index in English or Hebrew.

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  • Aspects of Organizational Culture that Impede the Implementation of Open Government Policy

    Year: 2013
    Author: Karmit Haber,
    Supervisor: Tamar Hermann,

    Open government seeks to advance accessibility to information, transparency, and public participation in government. What challenges are Israeli officials and politicians facing in implementing such policy? Find out in this research report.

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  • Israeli Public Opinion on the Peace Process with the Palestinians

    Year: 2012
    Author: Ella Heller,
    Supervisor: Tamar Hermann,

    A report on trends in the attitudes of Israel’s Jewish population towards peace with the Palestinians, which was prepared for the 2012 Sderot Conference on Social Issues.

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  • The Israeli Democracy Index 2012

    Year: 2012
    Author: Tamar Hermann,, Nir Atmor,, Ella Heller,, Yuval Lebel,

    Released on September 6, 2012, the 2012 Israeli Democracy Index provides insight into the Israeli public's attitude towards the future of Israel, their assessment of the performance of their elected officials and political parties, their ability to impact government policy, and their perceptions of whether Israel's Arabs are victims of discrimination.

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  • By the People, For the People, Without the People?

    The Emergence of (Anti)Political Sentiment in Israel and in Western Democracies

    Year: 2011
    Editor: Tamar Hermann,

    This book is an outgrowth of an international workshop entitled "Anti-Politics: Citizens, Politics and the Political Profession" convened by IDI in 2008. Written by the conference participants, its articles represent various theoretical approaches, research methods, and points of view regarding the changing relations between citizens and the democratic political systems in which they live.

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  • The Israeli Democracy Index 2011

    Year: 2011
    Author: Tamar Hermann,, Nir Atmor,, Karmit Haber,, Ella Heller,, Dror Walter, Raphael Ventura,, Yuval Lebel,

    The Israeli Democracy Index 2011 provides an up-to-date, theoretical and practical portrait of opinions held by Israelis regarding the preferred form of government, functioning of the political system, behavior and performance of elected officials and key democratic values. Israel’s stability as a democracy is reflected in this year’s results, not only in many of the opinions on various issues presented, but also in Israel’s status according to international indexes.

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  • The 2010 Israeli Democracy Index: Democratic Principles in Practice

    Year: 2010
    Author: Asher Arian,, Tamar Hermann,, Yuval Lebel,, Anna Knafelman, Michael Philippov, Hila Zaban

    The 2010 Israeli Democracy Index was conducted on two planes: The vertical plane focused on comparing support for core democratic values with citizens’ assessment of the extent to which these values are realized by government institutions and agencies. The horizontal plane focused on relations between citizens, as individuals and as groups, and looked at whether the citizens of Israel in fact uphold their stated commitment to constitutional values and the rights derived from them.

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  • The 2008 Israeli Democracy Index: Between the State and Civil Society

    Year: 2008
    Author: Asher Arian,, Tamar Hermann,, Nir Atmor,, Yael Hadar, Yuval Lebel,, Hila Zaban

    The findings of the 2008 Israeli Democracy Index indicate that despite the continuous decline in satisfaction with the status of the rule of law, public service, and political leadership, the Israeli public nonetheless expects the State to set the course in social, economic, and policy matters, as well as to provide necessary social services.

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Tamar S. Hermann, ed., By the People, For the People, Without the People?(Jerusalem: The Israel Democracy Institute: 2012).

Hermann, T., Realistic nonviolence - The Israeli Four Mothers movement. In M. Stephan, ed., Non-violent movements and the Middle East conflict (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 253-264.

Tamar Hermann, Pacifism and anti-militarism in the period surrounding the birth of the state of Israel, Israel Studies 15, 2 (2010), pp. 127-148.

Tamar Hermann, and A. First., Sweet nationalism in bitter days: A commercial representation of Zionism, Nations and Nationalism 15, 3 (October 2009), pp. 506-523.

Tamar Hermann, with E. Yuchtman-Yaar, "The People's Voice: Israeli Public Opinion on the Referendum Issue," in D. Arieli-Horowitz, ed., Politics Phantom - Israel and the Referendum Issue, Jerusalem: The Israel Democracy Institute and Magnes Press, 2006, (pp. 117-138)

Tamar Hermann, "Conflict Sustains Stability, Compromise Erodes Legitimacy", www.bitterlemons.org, 2006

Tamar Hermann, "The Iron Wall", www.bitterlemons.org, 2011

Tamar Hermann , "Divided yet United: Israeli Jewish Public Opinion on the Oslo Process," with E. Yuchtman-Yaar, Journal of Peace Research, 2002, (pp. 597-613)

Tamar Hermann , "The Binational Idea in Israel/Palestine: Past and Present," in Nations and Nationalism, 2005, vol. 11, part 3, (pp. 381-402)

Tamar Hermann, "Reconciliation: Reflections on the Theoretical and Practical Utility of the Term," in Y. Bar-Siman-Tov ed., From Conflict Resolution to Reconciliation, New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, (pp. 39-60)

Tamar Hermann, "Away from War? Israelis Security Beliefs in the Post-Oslo Era," in Philip Everts and Pierangelo Isernia, eds. When the Going Gets Tough. Public Opinion and the Use of Military Force, London: Routledge Books, 2001, (pp. 163-182)

 


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