Democracy and Neoliberalism in the Wake of the Economic Crisis

Years of Activity: 2015

Research Status:

Not Active

Dr. Amit Avigur-Eshel (group co-head), Prof. Alice Berzis, Keren Burnstein, Dr. Efraim Davidi, Dr. Cynthia Gabai, Dr. Miri Gal-Ezer, Dr. Sharon Gordon, Prof. Lev Grinberg, Dr. Avi Kay, Dr. Claudia Kedar, Amnon Knoll, Dr. Eli Kook, Prof. Yossi Korazim, Dr. Michal Kore, Dr. Ronen Mandelkorn (group co-head), Dr. Asa Maron, Na’ama Nagar, Maya Pinchasi, Prof. Ze’ev Rosenhak, Dr. Asaf Rotman, Tomer Shadmi, Prof. Michael Shalev, Dr. Amtanes Shehade, Dr. Peter-Wim Soidhof, Marik Stern, Dr. Orna Wenger, Bat El Yosef

In recent decades neoliberalism has become the dominant political paradigm in all the democratic countries, including Israel. Its creators and promoters see neoliberalism as fully and comprehensively realizing the fundamental principles of democracy itself, even though in practice it has threatened the proper functioning of a democratic country more than once. The global economic crisis has intensified the inherent tension between democracy and neoliberalism and seems to have raised it to new heights. This research group is examining the ways in which the tension between democracy and neoliberalism is expressed and the influence of the global crisis on processes that are reshaping it. These questions have already been discussed in sociological and political studies, but this research group is approaching the subject from a multidisciplinary perspective.


Group activity:

The group meets once a month. In each meeting three members present the approach of their discipline or of the sub-discipline in their research area to the group’s main topic, as well as their own research that engages with it. The presenters at each meeting share a similar disciplinary interest or have related research areas. Thus far there have been meetings on the subjects of space, culture, the neoliberal state, and the phenomenon of protest. The discussions include penetrating questions to the presenter by the other group members, theoretical and methodological remarks aimed at improving the presenters’ research, and sometimes even arguments regarding the nature of the concepts. Throughout the year, there have been 15 to 25 group members at each meeting.