Activation via Intensive Intimacies in the Israeli Welfare-to-Work Program: Applying a Constructivist Approach to the Governance of Institutions and Individuals

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Abstract

This article uses a constructivist approach to scrutinize embedded actions of situated agents of governance to explore the governing of activation services in Israel. It probes beliefs, discourses, and practices of meso-level regulation administrators and street-level workers to analyze the emergence of a new stringent and disciplinary activation mode. Ultimately, this activation mode reconfigured the "social contract" between the state and its unemployed citizens via intensive intimacies: a conflicted microspace governed with little discretion and imbued with a reformative vision of state-society relations. The article demonstrates how situated agents' meaning-making is essential to examining shifting governance forms and their political ramifications.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)87-111
Number of pages25
JournalAdministration and Society
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Keywords

  • activation services (welfare-to-work)
  • governance
  • state bureaucracy
  • welfare-state change

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Marketing
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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