Over the last two decades, the liberal democratic form of governance has
been facing a major challenge. This challenge is manifested in varying ways
around the globe, with crises erupting in diverse geopolitical contexts,
including democratization in Eastern Europe, objections to the human
rights discourse in East Asia, disillusionment following the Arab Spring,
and the decline of the liberal left in Israel. The modernist secular utopia is
far from sight. The porous borders of Western liberal democracies, open
to global migration in post–Cold War Western Europe, have allowed the
challenge to internal social and political order to become pressing and even
acute, in some cases. The question of how to accommodate new ethnic and
religious groups that hold profoundly different views about social justice
and the ‘common good’ yet share the same political space has become
critical. In this special issue, we delve into the Israeli case in order to take
a glimpse into the crisis of liberalism in a particular setting, without losing
sight of the global context and its deep historiosophical roots.
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