Innovative Thinking on the Relationship between the Provision of Local Services and Inequality in Israel

Yoram Ida, Amir Hefetz, Assaf Meydani, Gila Menahem, Elad Cohen

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What innovative policy tools can be introduced so that the provision of local services will mitigate inequality among residents of different localities? Based on the ‘new localism’ approach, this article examines one such tool—a mandatory national standard for services provided by local authorities (a ‘service basket’)—and suggests that the implementation process should consider local variation and autonomy. The novelty of our approach lies in including both objective and norma- tive considerations in the methodological instrument that we developed to capture these two dimensions. This innovative methodology also enabled us to estimate existing service gaps among local authorities and the burdens some will face upon instituting a mandatory service basket.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-51
Number of pages20
JournalIsrael Studies Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research upon which this article is based benefited from a research grant by Mifal Hapais (Israel National Lottery).

Publisher Copyright:
© Association for Israel Studies


  • inequality
  • innovative policy tools
  • local government
  • local need
  • mandatory service basket
  • new localism
  • peripherality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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