Decentralizing Social Services in Israel

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This paper describes an attempt by the Israeli government to decentralize social services. Special attention is focused on the initiation of this planned effort of a highly centralized state. First, the Israeli culture is analyzed in terms of the delegation of authority and empowerment of citizens. Second, the principles of this planned change are summarized and results of two evaluation studies are presented. Several possible causes for the lack of success in decentralizing social services are suggested, followed by comments on the future of decentralization of social services in Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-78
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Policy and Administration
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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