This article uses a constructivist approach to scrutinize embedded actions of situated agents of governance to explore the governing of activation services in Israel. It probes beliefs, discourses, and practices of meso-level regulation administrators and street-level workers to analyze the emergence of a new stringent and disciplinary activation mode. Ultimately, this activation mode reconfigured the "social contract" between the state and its unemployed citizens via intensive intimacies: a conflicted microspace governed with little discretion and imbued with a reformative vision of state-society relations. The article demonstrates how situated agents' meaning-making is essential to examining shifting governance forms and their political ramifications.
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Administration and Society|
|State||Published - Jan 2014|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by the Israel Science Foundation Grant #115-2008.
- activation services (welfare-to-work)
- state bureaucracy
- welfare-state change
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Public Administration