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The ROLE OF THE PRESS IN SHAPING THE KNESSET AGENDA ON MATTERS OF SOCIAL WELFARE / תפקיד העתונות בעיצוב סדר היום של הכנסת בנושאי רווחה

יצחק קדמן and Yitzhak Kadman
Kesher / קשר
No. 1 (מאי, 1987), pp. 35-44
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23891132
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

Do press features influence the deliberations and decisions of the Knesset? this question was central to the research conducted by Dr. Kadman on the subject of Welfare; subjects included unemployment, child care, eldercare, development towns, underprivileged neighborhoods, mental health and so forth. "Ha'aretz", "Ma'ariv" and "Yidiot Acharonot" were examined from 1974-1981 inclusive. These eight years encompassed the lives of two Knessets, the 8th and 9th. Dr. Kadman proves conclusively that a link exists between the newspaper publication of material relevant to the subject— welfare — and subsequent discussions or decisions by the Knesset. Usually, press attention focused on welfare issues before they were raised in the Knesset. There are only a few instances in which the reverse was true. Ma'ariv had the greatest influence on Knesset deliberations that dealt with welfare, followed by Yidiot Acharonot and then Ha'aretz. While the transfer to parliamentary debate of issues raised by the press does not promise action, no little importance attaches even to the discussion.

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