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Rather, the Right regarded the party and party-in-Government as responsible for governing for the whole society. Therefore, the Likud sought to maintain its appeal to as many diverse groupings, organized and unorganized, within the electorate as possible, juggling any competing claims made by them. Decisionmaking was considered the purview of Government ministers, who were not strictly accountable to party structures. Accordingly, decisions were made in a piecemeal manner, similar to the pattern followed by Mapai/Labor.

And independent groups began to gain a more legitimate place in decision-making as one of the sides with which the Government bargained. Their role, however, was not yet a really effective one such as characterizes groups in the British system. Nevertheless, all groups expressed themselves in terms of specific interests and began to perceive the possibility of distinguishing interest activity from the political party arena. Maintaining a Shaky Status-Quo, 1967-1973 Following the 1967 war, much of the population expected major changes in the country's governmental structure and outlook as well as in its territorial make-up.

Party considerations in the pre-state period were so significant that a transitional government that was to assume power upon termination of the British mandate was negotiated among the parties and members of the Jewish Agency and the Yishuv National Executive. Thus, a pyramidal structure, proportional representation of parties, and party influence set the pattern for governing arrangements in the Politics and the Economy 21 state period, whether of parties, unions, settlement federations, or citizens‫ ׳‬groups.

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