The Nonprofit Sector in Israel has recently come into prominence because of its multiple societal functions, which include its central role in the development and maintenance of Israel's Welfare State and its contribution to the building of its civil society. Both of these have major social, economic and political implications, and impact the building of the Israeli democracy.
Voluntary, nonprofit organizations have a strong base in Jewish history and deep roots within Israeli society, yet knowledge about them is sparse. This situation can be explained by the lack of appropriate conceptual tools to analyze the Third Sector and its components. However, this issue has begun to change over the past decade as interest in the Third Sector worldwide grows and a developing literature on the subject emerges.
In Israel, as in most countries, the development of the Third Sector coincided with a trend to cut public funding and the provision of social services within the welfare state system, as well as other developments pertaining to the changes within the Israeli society and polity. The book presents the economic, historical, legal and policy dimensions of the Sector with a focus on its contribution to the Welfare State and civil society. It then analyzes those findings in the context of major theoretical frameworks of the sector. While Israel shares certain similarities with other countries, its history, demography, and politics have created unique features that make it impossible to fit the country into existing Third Sector theories, which are presented in this seminal reading for the global discussion on nonprofit theory. Furthermore, that analysis, with the focus on the Third Sector in the context of society is also providing a new lens through which to analyze contemporary Israeli society.
Series: Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 31st December 2003
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.39