Press Release

Does Money Talk in Local Politics?

Conference to Examine Influences on Israeli Municipal Elections

Conference to Examine Influences on Israeli Municipal Elections

Thursday, June 6, 2013, Dan Panorama Hotel, 10 Kaufmann St., Tel Aviv – Ahead of Israeli municipal elections set for October 22, 2003, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI), in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, will host a conference to examine the factors affecting the outcome of local elections in Israel.  The conference will bring together mayors, Knesset members, and senior researchers to discuss practical policy recommendations stemming from the answers to three key questions:

  1. Why Do People Vote in Local Elections?
  2. What Factors Influence the Chances of Re-election of Municipal Representatives?
  3. Does Campaign Spending Affect Electoral Outcomes?

Participants will include:

  • Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv
  • Shlomi Lahiani, Mayor of Bat Yam
  • MK Yael German, Minister of Health, former Mayor of Herzliya
  • MK Meir Sheetrit, Chairman of the Hatnua party
  • MK Amram Mitzna, former Mayor of Haifa and former Acting Mayor of Yeruham
  • MK Ibrahim Sarsur, Chairman of the United Arab List (Ra'am)
  • Prof. Avi Ben-Bassat, Senior Fellow, the Israel Democracy Institute; former Director-General of the Ministry of Finance; Professor of Economics, Hebrew University
  • Prof. Momi Dahan, Senior Fellow, the Israel Democracy Institute; Head of the School of Public Policy and Government, Hebrew University

For background information, see "Does Campaign Spending Affect Electoral Outcomes?" published in October 2012 by Profs. Avi Ben-Bassat, Momi Dahan, and Esteban Klor.

The conference will be held in Hebrew though English interviews may be scheduled upon request.  Additional information about the event may be found on the event page.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact:
Yehoshua Oz
IDI Director of International Communications