Bill cosponsorship networks in the Israeli Parliament.
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This repository contains code to build cosponsorship networks from bills passed in the Israeli Parliament.


Replicate by running make.r in R.

The data.r script downloads information on bills and sponsors altogether. Most of the data are fetched from Open Knesset, which is operated by The Public Knowledge Workshop. All photos should download fine.

The build.r script then assembles the edge lists and plots the networks, with the help of a few routines coded into functions.r. Adjust the plot, gexf and mode parameters to skip the plots or to change the node placement algorithm.



  • url -- bill URL
  • title -- title, in Hebrew
  • date -- date(s) of introduction of the bill, in Hebrew
  • status -- bill status
  • sponsors -- bill sponsors, using their numeric ids separated by semicolons


The sponsors data has one row per legislature in which the sponsor sat, starting with legislature 18 (2009–2013).

  • legislature -- the legislature number (18–20th Knesset)
  • uid -- unique numeric identifier
  • party_url -- party affiliation, as a legislature-specific URL
  • name_he -- full name, in Hebrew
  • name_en -- full name, in English
  • sex -- gender (F/M)
  • born -- year of birth
  • nyears -- number of years spent in office
  • url -- URL, official Knesset website
  • url_wp -- URL, Wikipedia Hebrew
  • photo -- local photo filename
  • party -- political party, abbreviated