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The Israeli Economy from the Foundation of the State through the 21st Century

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  • Date Published: November 2010
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  • isbn: 9780511922596

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  • This book analyzes the development of the Israeli economy in its historical context. It shows how the ideology of the dominant group in the Zionist movement led to the development of agriculture, thus meeting the preconditions for successful industrialization. Remarkable, if uneven, growth has taken place, with increasing allocations for defense. Regional isolation led to the emphasis on high-quality exports for developed markets that has stimulated the technological base. Israel has benefited from mass immigration and increased access to foreign capital, factors that have transformed the economy. The book includes chapters on the development of the Jewish community in Palestine during the British Mandate; macroeconomic developments and economic policy; globalization and high technology; defense; the economics of the Arab minority; Israeli settlements and relations with the Palestinians; and the role of religion. It concludes with an examination of the socioeconomic divisions that have widened as the economy has grown.

    • Deals explicitly with the most contentious issues, namely Israeli settlements and relations with the Palestinians
    • Looks at the role of religion (especially the ultra-orthodox) and defense
    • Examines the Arabs of Israel, socio-economic divisions and Israel's high technology success
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Paul Rivlin provides a rich and detailed long duree analysis of the Israeli economy that stretches beyond the economy into a sociological and political study of contemporary Israel. The work is detailed, comprehensive, and immensely useful for students of Israeli politics and society.' Guy Ben-Porat, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

    'Rivlin's definitive, balanced work on the Israeli economy reveals its strengths while emphasizing the costs of growth and the obstacles facing its further acceleration. By subjecting the country's key domestic and foreign policy issues to dispassionate economic analysis, he reveals their associated costs and benefits while providing implicit guidance for their resolution. As such, this study is relevant not just to the country's economy, but to its society and polity as well. It is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary Israel.' Robert Springborg, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California

    'Thorough and easily read, Rivlin's fine work contextualizes and narrates Israel's unique economic development. With the experience of an economist and the eye of an historian, he carefully assesses how its talented population, socialist roots, waves of immigration, religion, security needs, Arab minority, the conflict, and globalization all shaped its changing economic history. Having carefully woven a fine tapestry, Rivlin has set the scholarly standard for a central facet of modern Israeli history.' Kenneth W. Stein, Emory University

    'A much-needed addition to Israeli studies, Rivlin's comprehensive book on the Israeli economy excels in its scale and scope, offers a cogent case for the country's past impressive economic achievements, and confronts its future challenges.' Howard M. Wachtel, Founding Director, Center for Israeli Studies, American University

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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511922596
    • contains: 37 b/w illus. 2 maps 45 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The economy of the Yishuv and its legacy
    3. The economy 1948–1985
    4. Macro-economic developments, growth and policy
    5. Globalization and high technology
    6. Defense: service or burden?
    7. Israel and the Palestinians
    8. The role of religion
    9. The Arab minority
    10. Socio-economic divisions
    11. Conclusions.

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  • Author

    Paul Rivlin, Tel-Aviv University
    Paul Rivlin is the Sandra Glass Senior Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle East and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of four other books: The Dynamics of Economic Policy Making in Egypt (1985), The Israeli Economy (1992), Economic Policy and Performance in the Arab World (2001) and Arab Economies in the Twenty-First Century (2009), as well as numerous monographs, papers, contributed chapters, articles and reports on economic development in the Middle East and on international energy markets, defense and trade economics. Educated at Cambridge, Harvard and London Universities, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Middle East economics at Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and London University and he has been a visiting professor of economics at Emory University. He has lectured in the United States, China, Canada, Egypt, India, Japan, Turkey and Europe.

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