Why centrist parties can keep things vague and still get votes

This election season has seen the rise of quite a few new parties, including several that seem to fall under the amorphous term “centrist.”

There’s a decades-long trend in Israeli politics of new centrist parties popping up and sweeping elections, probably starting with Yigal Yadin’s Democratic Movement for Change in 1977, which helped throw the election to Likud for the first time ever. Since then, there have been others – like Shinui, Kadima and Yesh Atid.

It seems like a large swath of Israelis see themselves as centrists, but then grow disappointed by the parties that purport to represent them and stop voting for them in the next election or two. Continue reading 

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