Michael Shalev

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Michael Shalev is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of California at Berkeley. Over his career Shalev has had two main interests: The comparative political economy of rich democracies; and the politics and political economy of Israel. His course “Occupy Wall Street in Comparative Perspective” reflects Shalev’s work over the last several years on the massive social protests that erupted in Southern Europe and Israel in 2011, and the parallel movement in the United States, Occupy Wall Street. His research focuses on the question of how and why “encompassing” protests partially manage to overcome the political and social cleavages that normally prevent broadly-based solidarity from emerging in protests. His investigations include (1)studies of the economic grievances that underpinned the Israeli protest; (2)a comparative analysis, based on surveys in Spain and Israel, of support and participation in the 2011 movements; and (3)an ongoing study using unique “big data” derived from mobile phones to probe patterns of protest participation in Israel across time and space. For samples of Shalev’s work see his paper website and Google Scholar profile.