About The Center for Social Justice and Democracy

Academic Director: Prof. Itzhak Galnoor

Director: Nomika Zion


The Center for Social Justice and Democracy in memory of Yaacov Chazan at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute was founded in 2000 by the Institute and the kibbutz movement’s Yaacov Chazan Memorial Fund. The center aims to connect theoretical discussion and academic activity with social action and lobbying of decision makers.

In 2007, the Center for Social Justice began a far-ranging research project, examining the state’s responsibility and the boundaries of privatization in Israel. The research findings were published in a book titled Privatization Policy in Israel and in dozens of articles and policy papers that included a series of policy recommendations. The Center also has a website dedicated to tracking instances of privatization and nationalization in real time. Since 2013, the Center has invested considerable resources in activity aimed at changing privatization policy among decision makers.

In 2012, the Center began a comprehensive study of regulation in Israel. The study, which was completed in 2016, examines regulatory tools in various areas and includes recommendations regarding the conduct of regulation.

Since 2013, the Center has directed an “action study” that aims to develop local education leadership so as to improve the achievements of the education system in cities and towns. The project focuses on peripheral towns such as Yeruham, Kafr Kassem, and Kalansuwa.

In 2015, the Center began a study of collaborative governance. Its aim is to examine the changes in the state’s role and the division of responsibility and authority between the government, the private sector, and civil society organizations.