Legal Culture in a Multi-Cleavage Society: The Case of Israel

Prof. Arye Rattner
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A citizen's obligation to comply with the law has intrigued scholars throughout the ages. Philosophers, in particular, have argued for and against the absolutism of laws over matters of private conscience, and social scientists have approached this issue by analyzing the factors that affect commitment to the rule of law. Models of compliance with the law have been elaborated explaining variance in legal obedience and the circumstances under which laws ar put aside in favor of personal interests, concience, or ideology. Israel provides a natural laboratory to exmaine how the relationship between legal obedience and political ideology and religiosity can be conceptualized in terms of value hierarchy rather than one integrated system of beliefs. The paper will present findings from surveys conducted in the last five years examining these issues.

Keywords: Legal Culture, Legal Disobedience, Rule of Law
Stream: Ethnicity, Difference, Identity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. Arye Rattner

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Haifa
Israel, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dept. of Sociology, University of Haifa


Professor Rattner is serving as the dean of the faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Haifa, Israel. He is a sociologist and a criminologist and has published more than 40 articles and research reports on various topics related to crime trends, legal and judicial decision making, wrongful conviction and disparities in the Israeli legal system as well as two books on wrongful conviction and decision making in the Israeli Legal System. Professor Rattner is currently involved in a longitudinal study on legal culture in Israel as a multi-cleavage society.

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