Israel is considered a developed country yet both security issues and its frequently changing demographic makeup set Israel apart and imply that Israeli policy analysts must operate in a unique environment and grapple with exceptional challenges. This volume, part of the successful International Library of Policy Analysis series, brings together for the first time a comprehensive study of policy analysis in Israel. Following an introductory chapter that discusses the paradoxical history of policy analysis in Israel by Yehezkel Dror, leading figures from both the Israeli public and academic spheres discuss different aspects of policy analysis in Israel.
While Israeli policy analysis is in some respects unique, Israel also represents a broad category of states that could be considered as policy analysis "late developers". Hence, while Israeli policy analysis is fascinating in and of itself, its study also holds important lessons for other countries.
Gila Menahem is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the departments of Public Policy and Sociology and Anthropology at Tel-Aviv University. Her areas of expertise are policy paradigms and policy networks, water policy and higher education policy.
Amos Zehavi is a senior lecturer with a joint appointment in the departments of political science and public policy at TelAviv University. His areas of expertise are comparative public policy and welfare state development.
Foreword ~ Yehezkel Dror;
Introduction: Policy Analysis in Israel: A Late Developer’s Story ~ Amos Zehavi and Gila Menahem;
Part One: The Styles and Methods of Public Policy Analysis in Israel;
Policy Analysis under Intense Pressures ~ Ira Sharkansky;
Policy Analysis Evolution in Israel: Building Administrative Capabilities ~ Jennifer Oser and Itzhak Galnoor;
Part Two: Policy Analysis by the Executive and the Legislature;
Policy Analysis in the Central Government: Latest development and challenges ahead ~ Gal Alon;
Local Government and the Challenge of Policy Analysis ~ Nahum Ben-Elia;
Policy Analysis and the Legislature ~ Shirley Avrami;
The Making of Disability Policy in Israel: Ad- hoc Advisory Expert Panels ~ Arie Rimmerman and Michal Soffer;
Part Three: Policy Analysis in Specific Government Units;
Policy Analysis in the Treasury: How does the Israeli Ministry of Finance Arrive at a Policy Decision? ~ Momi Dahan;
Policy Analysis in the Bank of Israel ~ Kranit Flug;
Part four: Policy Analysis from the Outside;
Insiders Within? The Third Sector and Policy Analysis in Israel ~ Hagai Katz;
Policy Analysis Education in Graduate Programs in Israel ~ Iris Geva May and Anat Gofen.
"The book successfully challenges existing scholarship about the trajectory of policy analysis in other developing and evolving contexts." Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration
"This fascinating book pushes past viewing Israeli developments in terms of headlines, turbulence and shifting borders, addressing the lack of attention to the policy practices that have emerged in a relatively young nation that has borrowed structures and practices from multiple settings." Beryl Radin, Georgetown University
"The community of scholars in Israel working on policy analysis have made numerous contributions to the field, especially in understanding how to make policy in conditions of risk. This volume provides an interesting and insightful analysis of those contributions." B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh and President, International Public Policy Association