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Empirical Evidence: A Longitudinal National Study of Bureaucracy and Democracy in Israel

Strangely enough, empirical evidence for the nexus between democracy and bureaucracy in modern nations is scarce. For this reason, seven years ago I initiated a national, longitudinal project that tracks developments in this arena. The project started as a research seminar for graduate students in the division of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Haifa. The students took an active part in formulating the research agenda, the assessments of the state of Israeli bureaucracy, and the potential effects on the stability and values of democracy. In the years that followed, the idea was extended, and the data set we collected gradually grew to include a representative national sample of Israeli citizens from across the nation. Since then, it has led to several studies, some of which are described here.