The Third Angle in Israel Studies

Boundaries between Government and Non-governmental Entities in Early Israel

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Paula Kabalo Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel pkabalo@gmail.com

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Abstract

Relying on theoretical foundations and conceptualizations in the literature on government–Third Sector relations, this article examines the motives and outcomes that impacted the relations between voluntary non-governmental entities and government organs after the State of Israel was established. Using the typology primarily of Jennifer Coston, in addition to those of Dennis Young and Adil Nagam, the article concentrates on three case studies reflecting those relations: disabled veterans and demobilized soldiers, immigrant associations, and the Israel Education Fund. All three cases show that additional actors lay claim to matters undisputedly under the state's responsibility. The relationships between these parties, we maintain, provide another angle to an understanding of mamlakhtiyut, the Israeli version of republicanism.

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PAULA KABALO is an Associate Professor in the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She served as the Director of the Institute from 2013 to 2021. In 2011–2017, she was the Founding Chair of the Woodman-Scheller Israel Studies International MA Program. Since 2017, she has served as the Founding Head of the Azrieli Center for Israel Studies at the Institute, a complex of research hubs that aim to decode core themes related to the Israel phenomenon and the Zionist idea. Her book Israeli Community Action: Living Through the War of Independence won the Association for Israel Studies’ 2020 Shapiro Prize for Best Book in Israel Studies. E-mail: pkabalo@gmail.com

ESTHER SUISSA completed her MA thesis in the Woodman-Scheller Israel Studies International MA program, Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She currently heads the Unit for Overseas Visitors and the General Public at the Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute. E-mail: esthers@bgh.org.il

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