Harvesting Constitutional Change in Administrative Structures: Israeli Constitutional Hardball

Recent years mark a constitutional change in the perception and function of several major accountability institutions in Israel. This constitutional change is promoted by political players through constitutional hardball. The article will analyze five examples of constitutional hardball aimed at changing the patterns of ethos and function of five accountability mechanisms: the erosion of opposition status in the Judiciary Selection Committee; Politicization of senior civil service appointment; Erosion of the Attorney General's monopoly on state representation in the Supreme court; A new functional approach to the role of the state comptroller; And the demise of a Knesset Transparency Committee. Analyzing these five reforms in the aggregate using constitutional hardball can lead us to a cumulative description of an erosion of important Israeli accountability institutions, all has a significant democratic role in balancing executive power.