Neoliberalism as a State Project: Changing the Political Economy of Israel by Asa MaronNeoliberalism as a State Project: Changing the Political Economy of Israel by Asa Maron

Neoliberalism as a State Project: Changing the Political Economy of Israel

EditorAsa Maron, Michael Shalev

Hardcover | May 20, 2017

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This book explores the politics, institutional dynamics, and outcomes of neoliberal restructuring in Israel. It puts forward a bold proposition: that the very creation of a neoliberal political economy may be largely a state project. Correspondingly, it argues that key political conflictssurrounding the realization of this project may occur within the state. Neoliberal restructuring and the institutionalization of permanent austerity are dependent on reconfigured power relations between state actors and are manifested in a new institutional architecture of the state. Thisarchitecture, in turn, is the context in which efforts to change social and employment policies play themselves out. The volume frames the coming of neoliberalism in Israel as a set of concrete and far-reaching changes in the power and modes of operation of the key players in the political economy. These changes undermined and neutralized veto players and enabled the ascendance of two state agencies - the Ministryof Finance and the Central Bank - which gained greatly augmented authority and autonomy. These reconfigurations were set in motion by state initiatives that combined punctuated and incremental change. The volume comprises case studies of changes in specific social and labor market policies,revealing a close elective affinity between programmatic neoliberal changes on the one hand, and on the other the proactive drive of the Ministry of Finance to enhance its control over public spending and policy design. The book explores successful neoliberal reforms but also reforms that wereblocked, undermined, or overturned by opposition, emphasizing the importance of reformers' capacity to translate temporary achievements into entrenched strategic advantages.
Asa Maron is a Lecturer in the Sociology Department at the University of Haifa. Previously he held postdoctoral positions at Stanford University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is a political sociologist specializing in the sociology of the welfare state, with an emphasis on contemporary ...
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Title:Neoliberalism as a State Project: Changing the Political Economy of IsraelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.03 inPublished:May 20, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198793022

ISBN - 13:9780198793021

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Table of Contents

John L. Campbell: Foreword: Israel, Neoliberalism and Comparative Political Economy1. Asa Maron and Michael Shalev: IntroductionPart 1. Transformations of the Key Actors2. Lev Grinberg: Paving the Way to Neoliberalism: The Self-Destruction of the Zionist Labor Movement3. Daniel Maman: Big Business and the State in the Neoliberal Era: What Changed, What Didn't?4. Daniel Maman and Zeev Rosenhek: The Reconfigured Institutional Architecture of the State: The Rise of Fiscal and Monetary Authorities5. Ronen Mandelkern: Institutionalizing the Liberal Creed: Economists in Israel's Long Journey towards Political-Economic LiberalizationPart 2. Neoliberalism and Social Policy Reform6. Michal Koreh and Michael Shalev: Pathways to Neoliberalism: The Institutional Logic of a Welfare State Reform7. Sara Helman and Asa Maron: Wisconsin Works' In Israel? Imported Ideas, Domestic Coalitions, And The Institutional Politics Of Re-Commodification8. Sharon Asiskovitch: Bureaucrats, Politicians, and the Politics of Bureaucratic Autonomy: Reforming Child Allowances and HealthcarePart 3. Neoliberalism and the Casualization of Employment9. Michal Tabibian-Mizrahi and Michael Shalev: Precarious Employment in the Public Sector: How Neoliberal Practices Preceded Ideology10. Guy Mundlak: Contradictions in Neoliberal Reforms: The Regulation of Labor Subcontracting11. Asa Maron and Michael Shalev: Conclusion