The cultural context of juvenile justice policy in Israel

Mimi Ajzenstadt*, Mona Khoury-Kassabri

*Corresponding author for this work

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The paper explores the evolution of rehabilitative, rights and economic discourses, and their effect on the development of juvenile justice policies in Israel during the last two decades. Israel has adopted the main features of a neo-liberal regime and severe cuts were made to major social welfare programmes, including those dealing with juvenile offenders. However, the neo-liberal ideas of individualisation and responsibilisation did not penetrate the area of juvenile delinquency. A renewed welfarist discourse in Israel was created instead. This strongly relied on traditional beliefs in rehabilitation and treatment based on a child-centred culture, incorporating concepts of rights and embedded in practical economic considerations.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)111-128
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Social Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


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