Legal Culture in a Multi-Cleavage Society: The Case of Israel
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
Prof. Arye Rattner
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Haifa