Municipal Elections 2024

In a few weeks elections will be held in local authorities across Israel. While they were originally scheduled for October 31st, 2023, they were postponed due to the outbreak of war. Elections during wartime raise a slew of challenges that are exceptional to the circumstances. Find out everything you need to know about wartime local elections in Israel.

Read the explainer by Dr. Assaf Shapira

How much autonomy does local government have in Israel?

By international standards, local municipalities in Israel have relatively little authority. Israel is ranked last in the OECD's Local Autonomy Index in its distribution of power to local authorities and 94 from 182 countries around the world by the World Bank. Examples of government centralization include heavy regulation of local education and transportation.

The Political Structure of Haredi Local Authorities

by: Dr. Ariel Finkelstein

How are elections in ultra-Orthodox municipalities different from those in non-orthodox local authorities? Are they comparable to the Arab community? A survey an analysis of the political structure of Haredi local authorities.

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Representation of Women in Elections for Local Authority Heads

by: Dr. Itamar Yakir, Dr. Ariel Finkelstein, Yechiel Noam

From a historical perspective, the proportion of female heads of local authorities in Israel has been extremely low—essentially negligible throughout most decades. How does women’s representation in local authorities during the first two decades of the 21st century compare?

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Local Elections: A Much Needed Balance of Power

Tel Aviv municipality building. Photo by: Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90

by: Dr. Ariel Finkelstein

The local elections this week in Israel—taking place at a time of war—have many Israelis asking, perhaps louder than usual, is it actually important to vote in these elections? The answer to this question is a resounding yes.

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When Violence Dominates Local Arab-Israeli Elections, Democracy Loses

by: Dr. Yael Litmanovitz and Dr. Muhammed Khalaily

Arab-Israeli public officials are being increasingly targeted by criminals, hoping to get their way through threats, extortion and force ahead of Tuesday's local elections. Running for office shouldn't cost people their lives.

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