Political Radicalization in Israel: From a Populist Habitus to Radical Right Populism in Government

  • Dani Filc


The present paper analyses the process of radicalization of the Likud party. The Likud party is the biggest party in Israel and has been a leading member of coalition governments for much of the last four decades and thus part of the political mainstream. However, the Likud, which arrived to government as an inclusive populist party in 1977, has undergone a process of radicalization in the last 15 years, radical in its rejection of the ideas of liberty and equality which are central to the Enlightenment tradition, in its rejection of human rights as both central to any political community and as universal, and in the xenophobia which always goes along with nativism—a central feature of radical right populism.


Radical right populism Israel Likud Nativism 


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  • Dani Filc
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  1. 1.Ben-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael

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