Law is an important ingredient in politics, and politics is an important layer in law. Law is always being shaped, formed, articulated, and enforced in the context of socio-political power relations. This is true regarding any political regime, and it is also true in Israel. While the number of publications on law and society in Israel is vast and multi-disciplinary, edited volumes on law, politics, and society in Israel are relatively rare. Hence, the initiative of the Israel Studies Review to dedicate its first guest-edited issue to the topic “Law, Politics, Justice, and Society: Israel in a Comparative Context” is certainly an encouraging move as part of a more general effort to promote research on the multifaceted aspects of Israel’s society, nation-state, law, and political regime.
Israel in a Comparative Context
Nimer Sultany, Shulamit Almog, Gad Barzilai, Clara Sabbagh, and Pieter Vanhuysse
The Making of an Underclass: The Palestinian Citizens of Israel Nimer Sultany
Between Citizenship, Equality, and Law: The Language of the Summer 2011 Social Protests Shulamit Almog and Gad Barzilai
How Do Israelis and Germans Assess the Justice of Their Pension System? Clara Sabbagh and Pieter Vanhuysse