Disability and Employment Policy in the Israeli Welfare State: Between Exclusion and Inclusion
Roni Holler (2014) Disability and employment policy in the Israeli welfare state: between exclusion and inclusion, Disability & Society, 29:9, 1369-1382, DOI:10.1080/09687599.2014.942451
26 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2018
Date Written: August 22, 2014
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.
Keywords: Disability Policy, Israel, Welfare State, Social Model of Disability
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