From Nationalized Ownership and Provision to Privatization in Israel: The Politics of Institutional Change
Privatization in Israel constitutes a major institutional transformation. This chapter employs historical institutionalism and discursive institutionalism to reveal the political conditions and factors that facilitated Israeli privatization and the processes through which the various dimensions of privatization have been taking place. Accordingly, the analysis focuses on how political and economic crises, neoliberal ideas, and gradual change processes like institutional layering and drift have, together, contributed to the consolidation of privatization as a central policy practice in contemporary Israel. The chapter concludes by briefly discussing the political possibilities for, and hurdles facing, a future retreat from privatization policy in Israel.
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