Political Extremism

This ongoing project analyzes the effects of traumatic events and/or conflicts over the past decade on Israeli public support for attitudes which express political extremism and violence (xenophobia, exclusion, intolerance, opposition to democracy, Kahanism, and hatred).
The project, a collaboration with 
the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, investigates (1) levels of support among various groups in society for attitudes expressing political extremism, (2) the motives behind these attitudes and related behaviors, and (3) the main characteristics of supporters. We employ an original cross-sectional dataset of surveys conducted during or following significant events within the Israeli scene, such as the second Intifada, terrorist attacks, election campaigns, the disengagement from the Gaza Strip, the War in Lebanon, and others. 


View related papers:
Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan, and Elad-Strenger, Julia. “Women and Political Aggression.” Paper presented at the conference"New Approaches to Gender Roles in Peace-Making”, the Hebrew University, June 2014.
Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan, Canetti-Nisim, Daphna, and Pedahzur, Ami (2010). “Two of a Kind: Voting Motivations for Populist Radical Right and Religious Fundamentalist Parties,"Electoral Studies, Volume 29 (4), 678-690.