On the Seam between the Public and the Private: Privatization and Nationalization in Israel

Zohar Kohavi
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This report, the first of its kind, surveys thirty privatizations and two nationalizations by the Israeli government in all areas in 2010. Despite the differences between the topics and the bodies responsible for each, the composite picture indeed points to the motivating policy. The cases chosen are divided into eight categories: government companies; education; health care; labor and welfare; land, environment, and housing; security; the privatization of regulation; and nationalizations. The report will be published annually on a fixed date, as part of a broader project titled State Responsibility, the Limits of Privatization, and Issues in Regulation, which has been running since 2007 at the Yaacov Chazan Center for Social Justice and Democracy at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. The aim of the project is to study and define the governmental powers that can and cannot be privatized, and on the basis of the study to offer a policy paper that will be presented to the public and to decision-makers in Israel.

The project’s team includes Prof. Itzhak Galnoor, academic director; Dr. Amir Paz-Fuchs, academic director and research fellow; Dr. Zohar Kohavi, researcher and author of the annual report; Anat Mofkadi, policy promoter; and Nomika Zion, project director. Some twenty researchers are participating in the study, headed by a steering committee of experts in disciplines that include law, political science, economics, and public policy.