The Development Authority and the formative years of the Israeli land regime

Ella Trachtenberg, Alexandre Kedar, Deborah Shmueli

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The history of Israel’s land allocation regime is traced from its inception in the formative years (1948–60), focusing on distribution of urban land to private and business entities. Rich archival materials provide documentation regarding the Development Authority (DA), established in 1950, and its practices. The prohibition on selling “national lands,” zealously observed in Israel’s rural regions, was never closely adhered to in urban areas. The DA’s double role, as a major actor in land allocation as well as the institution representing the “rules of the game,” serves as a platform for a preliminary examination into institutional path dependency theories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-243
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Israeli History
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2 Jul 2016

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  • Development Authority
  • Israeli land regime
  • Land allocation in Israel
  • historical neo-institutionalism
  • path-dependent institutional development
  • urban land policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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