ISPSA Annual International Conference
Thursday, 23 May 2019, in the Western Galilee College
The conference main theme:
Political Systems in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and Responses
The conference will be held this year in the light of the significant changes that political systems are undergoing in the first two decades of the twenty-first century.
The twenty-first century is setting challenges to democratic and non-democratic states across the world. The extensive use of social media has made the world a smaller global village than ever. Technological changes in the spheres of medicine, transportation, food, arms, and others are generating challenges to political systems in aspects of central and local governments, and socio-economic aspects, and in terms of the center-periphery divide. Ahead of us is an era of crisis in liberal democracy, struggles between nationalism and neoliberalism, between leaders’ populism and the electorate’s ability to make rational choices. All these evoke concepts such as governance, transparency, accountability, representatives and active citizenship that allow the conference participants to raise to the surface and shed light on how different states, Israel among them, are coping with those challenges.
The annual conference of the Israel Political Science Association is aimed at honing those issues in terms of models of political systems in Israel and elsewhere, and the way in which those systems handle the dynamically changing reality.