Shelly Gottfried

Lecturer, Beit Berl College; Research Associate, CITYPERC; PhD Student, Department of International Politics, City, University of London

Shelly's research examines the ascent of the Israeli oligarchy as an emergent form of the traditional state-business nexus. It looks at its consolidation as a focal institution in the domestic political economy and analyses its role in shaping Israel's model of capitalism. It thus accounts for the extent to which the oligarchy influences Israel's relations with the global arena.

Shelly has completed a BA in Economics and Philosophy and an MA in Philosophy, both from Tel-Aviv University, and an MA in European Economics and International Relations, from the University of Rome 'La Sapienza'.Research interests:

Political economy:
EU policies in the Mediterranean
EU-Israel bilateral relations
The political-economic evolution of Israel
Oligarchies around the world

Selected conference papers:

"The Israeli oligarchy and the EU". Israel and Europe: Mapping the Past, shaping the future; EAIS, Munich
"Internalisation of the EU in a national political economy - the case of Israel". New Frontiers in European Studies; University of Surrey
"Understanding the EU presence in the Mediterranean". Political Economy of Integration; Edinburgh
"Key points regarding the Varieties of Capitalism (VOC) approach and other models of capitalism to understanding capitalism and its types". A World Without Walls; Berlin
"Analysing the convergence of EU's economic strength into political influence". Transnational Regulation; Jerusalem


  • –present
    PhD Student, Department of International Politics, City University London