Excess Regulation or Not Enough Regulation? New Research on Regulation in Israel

Sunday ,19 March, 2017 , 16:00 to 20:30

The Yaakov Chazan Center for Social Justice and Democracy at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

invites you to a conference


In March 2016, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared that Israel is suffering from “excessive regulation, excessive bureaucracy, and excessive legislation” and that this trio makes it less competitive and less attractive to business. The costs of products and services are higher than elsewhere and Israeli consumers pay more. According to Netanyahu, the greatest reform the government could carry out would be to reduce the regulatory burden on doing business in Israel and on running the government. But is this really the case? Alongside the excessive regulation is there not also a lack of regulation or of enforcement in many areas?

Following on the study of privatization, since 2012 the Chazan Center at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute has studied the regulatory policy and the customary regulatory tools in Israel. Whereas regulation supporters see it as a hedge against failures caused by privatization and outsourcing, supporters of privatization opine that when a particular service is transferred to private hands, the state does not withdraw, but rather changes its role—from providing the service to supervising its nature, quality, cost, and accessibility.

The goal of the studies conducted at the Chazan Center is to examine these assumptions by considering test cases and selected issues, such as banks, small businesses, beaches, public transportation, government companies, health, and voluntary regulation. The studies are to be published as a book that also includes policy recommendations. The conference will focus on the main findings and on three research topics: regulation of communications, regulation of civil society, and regulation of the labor market.


A list of topics and speakers is forthcoming


For details: Nomika Zion, 054-768-9181, nomika@migvan.org.il