Qual Quant (2014) 48:2405–2409 DOI 10.1007/s11135-013-9897-2 The inverted Mevorach management pyramid revisited: lessons from the January 2013 19th parliamentary elections in Israel Baruch Mevorach Published online: 7 July 2013 © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013 1 The Mevorach Principle Over two decades ago (1992), a short paper entitled ‘The Inverted Management Pyramid, or: The Mevorach Principle’ was published in Public Administration. In his acceptance letter, the journal’s editor at the time wrote to the above author that he was willing to publish the paper under the assumption that it was humorous, anecdotal and somewhat cynical, in the spirit of other well-known, less scientiﬁc laws/principles formulated by the likes of Parkinson (1955), Peter and Hull (1969)and Murphy (Bloch 1977). Well, not any more. The most recent parliamentary elections in Israel have vindicated the principle, providing striking evidence as to the relevance of its somewhat cynical suggestion. The Mevorach Principle suggested that the three fundamental characteristics of manage- ment pyramids applied up to a certain level in the hierarchy, which was very vague and hard to identify. Those characteristics are as follows: 1. Many people compete for few positions; 2. Promotion is usually justiﬁed by an individual’s demonstration of more impressive
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