Privatization Policy: The Burden of Proof

  • Itzhak Galnoor


Despite being the most significant, comprehensive and consistent policy since the mid-1980s, the consequences of privatization in Israel have never been properly evaluated. The chapter presents common attitudes—supportive and negative—regarding privatization and explains why they could be regarded as proverbs rather than sound reasoning. Next, the attempt to build a private for-profit prison in Israel is discussed as an example of confused policy and of the blurring of boundaries between government, business, and social organizations. The concluding section suggests that privatization is not just an economic issue, but closely related to the desired relationship between the state and its citizens. Accordingly, the burden of proof falls on those who wish to shift the boundaries between the public and the private.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Itzhak Galnoor
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Chazan CenterThe Van Leer Jerusalem InstituteJerusalemIsrael

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