Ben-Gurion Against the Knesset
Psychology Press, 2003 - 338 pages
The power struggle between Ben-Gurion and the Knesset was not primarily concerned with who should hold the reins of power, but with the ideals that should lie behind government. Ben-Gurion did not think that the Knesset had the moral backbone required at a historic turning-point in Israeli history, when the character of the nation was being developed; although he conceded that it was capable of dealing with the more mundane administrative tasks. He therefore denied the Knesset the right to take part in the policy-making process, caused a decline in the support of the elite and the general public, encouraged partisanship, and endeavored to reduce competitiveness. Ben-Gurion was so dismissive of the Knesset and its members, that he would not even attend parties at which Knesset members were being given awards.
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The Theory of the Status of Legislatures
From the Peoples Council to the First Knesset
Dissolving the Knesset
Investigation of the Government by the Knesset
The Immunity of Knesset Members
Collective Responsibility and Coalition Discipline
IntraParty Politics and Nominations
Attacks on the Knesset and Knesset Members
Attacks on the Political Opposition and the Parties
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