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Andrea Ceron and Luigi Curini

This chapter examines the coalition-bargaining process that took place after the 2013 elections. Using a hand-coding technique, we analyzed the parliamentary speeches released by parties, first in April, during the investiture debate of the Letta I Cabinet, and again in December, during the confidence vote on the Letta II Cabinet. In mapping the policy position of Italian parties along the two most salient dimensions, that is, the economy and institutional reforms, we were able to assess theoretically the stability of the Letta cabinet(s). The lack of a “core party” and the wide policy distance between the two main partners of the coalition suggested the strong instability of the Letta I Cabinet, which ultimately led to the formation of a different government after the split of the PdL. This new Letta cabinet, however, was expected to be characterized by a strong instability as well.

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Meron Benvenisti, Son of the Cypresses: Memories and Regrets from a Political Life Review by Ruth Amir

Gadi Ben Ezer, The Migration Journey: The Ethiopian Jewish Exodus Review by Marian Reiff

Uri Bialer, Cross on the Star of David: The Christian Word in Israel’s Foreign Policy—1967 Review by Neville Lamdan

Jakob Feldt, The Israeli Memory Struggle: History and Identity in the Age of Globalization Review by Uri Ram

Esther Fuchs, ed., Israeli Women’s Studies: A Reader Review by Harriet Hartman

David Hulme, Identity, Ideology and the Future of Jerusalem Review by Ned Lazarus

Edy Kaufman, Walid Salem, and Juliette Verhoeven, eds., Bridging the Divide: Peacebuilding in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Review by Sarah E. Yerkes

Zeev Maoz, Defending the Holy Land: A Critical Analysis of Israel’s Security and Foreign Policy Review by Brent E. Sasley

Michael B. Oren, Power, Faith and Fantasy—America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present Review by Zvi Ra’anan

Yoram Peri, Generals in the Cabinet Room: How the Military Shapes Israeli Policy Review by David Tal

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Carolyn Forestiere

The Renzi government formed in February 2014 was the youngest cabinet in Italian post-war history. It also had an equal number of male and female ministers—a first in Italian history. This chapter sets the scene by recounting the end of the Letta government before moving on to analyze the formation of the Renzi Cabinet, the competing inter- and intra-party considerations that affected the choice of ministers, and the need to signal technical competence in key economic roles.

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Assaf Shapira

their position and intended to establish a committee of ministers to discuss, among other issues, Poraz’s proposal ( Wurgaft 2003 ). However, only in January 2004 did the Cabinet decide to establish such a committee. 16 Two committee members, Poraz and

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Yechiam Weitz

Cabinet members favored putting a stop to the discussion of an additional committee, in order to protect “the honor of the State of Israel.” The small state was vulnerable, and its leaders “should do much to defend its honor.” Although its physical assets

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Udi Sommer

solution, and the agitation included players from across the political spectrum. As neither the meaning nor the implications of the ICJ’s convoluted legal opinion were utterly clear, the prime minister convened a special Cabinet meeting with the attorney

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Maoz Rosenthal

theoretical value to other cases? Israel is an OECD country with a multi-party parliamentary system characterized by high representation of a multitude of preferences and positions ( Bargsted and Kedar 2009 ), alongside varying levels of cabinet stability that

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Vilhjalmur Stefansson

The Northward Course of Empire, The Adventure of Wrangel Island, 1922–1925, and “Universal Revolution”

Paul Dukes

Canadian Cabinet “that the question was really an Imperial one and should be settled by London.” He agreed to present the Canadian case in London provided that he would be guaranteed a prompt hearing and sailed from Quebec on the Empress of Scotland on

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Andrei Bazarov

Translator : Jenanne K. Ferguson

Munko Buyantuev (born in 1939), Altsak village, Dzhidinski District, Republic of Buryatia. Source : 2007 expedition (photo by the author). (a special cabinet for religious objects), in the highest objective position. The book is wrapped either in

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Kobi Peled, Thomas Mitchell, Kenneth Waltzer, Brent E. Sasley, Hillel Cohen and Laura Zittrain Eisenberg

important secular Zionist leader of inter-war Polish Jewry who chaired the Jewish Agency’s Rescue Committee during the Holocaust and became a minister in David Ben-Gurion’s first cabinet. Friling’s volume explores the linkages among European Jewish history