A Fast Track to Social Rights? Passported Benefits and Administrative Burden

Noam Tarshish, John Gal, Roni Holler, Avishai Benish, Momi Dahan

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Passported benefits are additional benefits provided to individual or households based on a previous eligibility to a "primary"social security benefit. Although passported benefits should be easier to claim, in reality the claiming process is often cumbersome and results in low take-up. Drawing on an Israeli case study, we offer a conceptual framework to categorize and analyse the varieties of passported benefits along five dimensions: the eligibility role of primary cash benefits; automation level; legal status; type of service delivery; and the degree of decentralization. The administrative burden literature is employed to make sense of the paradox of passported benefits becoming a site for administrative burden. Using our conceptual framework and drawing on interviews with officials and claimants, we demonstrate why some passported benefits are more user-friendly while others tend to become administratively burdensome.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Social Policy
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

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© The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press.


  • Administrative burden
  • Israel
  • Keywords:
  • Passported benefits
  • Social benefits
  • Social policy
  • Social security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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