The Privatization of Israel

The Withdrawal of State Responsibility

Editors: Paz-Fuchs, Amir, Mandelkern, Ronen, Galnoor, Itzhak (Eds.)

  • Provides a comprehensive history of privatization policy in Israel and analyzes its multiple dimensions and ongoing expansion. 
  • Reviews critically the consequences of privatization for the public sector and for society and democracy including its impact on inequality, democracy and the quality of public services.
  • Makes the point that privatization in Israel did not correspond with the withdrawal of the state, but rather at times strengthened its capacities to advance a nationalist ethos.
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About this book

The book is the first to cover all areas of privatization in Israel and one of the first to do so in general, including state infrastructure, immigration policy, land, health, education, welfare, regulation, and policy design. As such, it offers a comprehensive volume for students, policy makers, and scholars interested in the economic, sociological, political, and legal perspectives of a major policy trend that has changed the face and character of the modern state. In addition, it is a vital contribution to those who have an interest in changes in Israeli society, politics, and economy.


About the authors

Amir Paz-Fuchs is Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at University of Sussex, UK, and Co-Director of the Privatization and State Responsibility Project at The Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, Israel
Ronen Mandelkern is a Lecturer in the School of Political Science, Government, and International Relations at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and Researcher at The Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, Israel
Itzhak Galnoor is Herbert Samuel Professor of Political Science (Emeritus) at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Senior Fellow at The Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, Israel

Reviews

“This indispensable volume offers the first comprehensive survey of privatization, a major driver of the transformation of Israel’s political-economic landscape over the last three decades. Core substantive chapters document and analyze privatization in all of the main branches of Israel’s welfare state. They are complemented by studies of other areas that range from land management to labor services to the crafting of public policy itself. Many other valuable contributions, not only for scholars of Israel, are found in the thoughtful and wide-ranging introduction and conclusion and chapters on the causes and consequences of privatization.” (Michael Shalev, Visiting Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley & UCLA, USA, and Emeritus, Sociology & Political Science, Hebrew University, Israel)

“Israel stands out as one of the countries in which the privatization process has been most radical. In the last twenty years public expenditures out of GDP declined by more than 12 percent. Many public services were transferred to contractors. The share of unionized workers declined from 80 percent to 24 percent. These drastic changes make Israel an interesting case to analyze in order to understand privatization. The book teaches us a number of lessons. One is the importance of political support for privatization from all main parties. The second lesson is that living in a conflict lends support to privatization for various reasons. Hence, this interesting book is important not only to Israelis, but to others as well, as to all socially minded readers.” (Joseph Zeira, Professor of Economics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Privatizing Israel: An Introduction

    Mandelkern, Ronen (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • Privatization Policy: The Burden of Proof

    Galnoor, Itzhak

    Pages 19-48

  • Privatization and Nationalization of Space in Israel: Are They Complementary Processes?

    Tzfadia, Erez (et al.)

    Pages 51-71

  • Incorporation and Privatization in the Infrastructure Sectors in Israel: Processes and Consequences

    Tevet, Eyal

    Pages 73-97

  • Pension Privatization in Israel

    Lurie, Lilach

    Pages 101-121

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58261-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-60156-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Privatization of Israel
Book Subtitle
The Withdrawal of State Responsibility
Editors
  • Amir Paz-Fuchs
  • Ronen Mandelkern
  • Itzhak Galnoor
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58261-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58261-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60156-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 419
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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