Disability and employment policy in the Israeli welfare state: between exclusion and inclusion

Roni Holler*

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Based on the social model(s) of disability, this article seeks to analyse the historical development of Israeli employment policy toward disabled people during the first decade and a half of its existence (1948–1965). Findings from primary and secondary sources suggest that throughout this period disabled people, mainly immigrants, found themselves at the lowest echelons of Israeli society and the labour market. Furthermore, the Israeli welfare state offers an interesting case study of the gap between a welfare state’s stated adherence to social justice and the more limited, and even contradictory, outcomes of its policies. Our discussion suggests that a valuable way of reframing our findings can be found in the critique of de-commodification as an inadequate concept and in the use of related concepts such as re-commodification and quasi-commodification.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1369-1382
Number of pages14
JournalDisability and Society
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2014

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  • Israel
  • employment
  • social model of disability
  • welfare state


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