The social protest of summer 2011 was largely one of younger Israeli-born Jews. The centrality of this group in the protests may be explained by trends in their socioeconomic position. Analysis of the period between 1995 and 2010 shows that in the five years prior to the summer of 2011, the income of the typical working family headed by a young Israeli-born Jew, relative to all Israeli households, declined to unprecedented levels.
Data collected by the OECD make it possible to compare the share of national resources devoted to social welfare (including health and housing) in Israel with other advanced economies from 1995-2007. Compared to the five Western European countries included in this research, Israel’s public social expenditure is low, and in most areas except health, it is similar to the United States. The Israeli government spends relatively little in areas which have the potential for improving the long-term economic well-being of citizens: active labor market policies, housing and support for families with children.
Privatization of social services has become one of the most controversial issues in socioeconomic discourse in Israel. This chapter examines whether the statistical data supports this concern. The picture of the scope of social services that have been transferred is unclear: in the past decade there has been no significant change in the transfers from the government to the local authorities, the non-profits and the business sector, or in the relative contribution of public bodies involved in the provision of services.
A summer of protests – high prices, low incomes, and a growing realization of what is only the tip of the socioeconomic iceberg.
Personal welfare services in Israel, like in many other Western countries, are provided through a variety of organizations from different sectors. The current study examines the regulatory patterns of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services.
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- Welfare and Employment Among Single Mothers – Israel from a Comparative Perspective 2 Oct 2011
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- Personal Social Services 13 Apr 2010
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- Immigration and Social Welfare in Israel 3 Oct 2007
- Rights of the Elderly 7 Jan 2006
- A Framework for Discussions on Privatization in the Social Services 15 Dec 2005
- Teaching Social Policy: A Conceptual Framework 8 Jul 2005
- Employment, Unemployment and Welfare Policy 17 Nov 2004
- Welfare Policy for Children and Youth 2 May 2004
- “Man Does Not Live By Bread Alone”: Measuring Poverty in Israel with an International Perspective 20 Nov 2003
- Partial Privatization of the Personal Social Services – Dilemmas and Choices 25 Dec 2001
- Gender Equality in the Israeli Welfare State – Developments and Selected Issues 25 Feb 2001
- The Equality Dimension in the Activity of the Personal Social Services 14 Dec 1997
- Personal Social Services – Trends and Changes 23 Feb 1996
- The Pension System – Policy Alternatives 14 Nov 1994
- Development of Personal Social Services: Processes and Trends in the 1980’s and Early 1990’s 21 Nov 1993
- Demographic Changes and Social Services in Israel’s Major Cities 14 Dec 1992
- Intra-Generational Income Transfers in Old-Age Insurance 21 Oct 1991
- Personal Social Services Between Two Decades 21 Feb 1991
- Integration of Immigrants, Demographic Trends and Deployment of Services in Southern District 21 Feb 1990
- Jerusalem – Population and Services 18 Nov 1989
- Demographic Changes and Social Services in Israel’s Major Cities 18 Nov 1989
- Trends in the Income-Maintenance System 14 Sep 1988
- Social Policy Toward Families of Working Parents with Preschool Children 17 Jun 1987
- The Target Population of the Social Services: Present Structure and Future Needs 17 Feb 1986
- Social Services in Eighties – A Turning Point? 17 Feb 1985
- The Non-Profit Sector and Volunteering 16 Feb 1985
- Integration of Assistance Programs for the Young 16 Feb 1984