The Israeli state is small, young, highly centralized and with a unitary system of government.1 The Israeli administrative system (unlike the economy) was not subject to hectic administrative reforms such as in Britain, the United States and North Europe (Flinders 2004; Light 2006; Christensen and Laegreid 2006). The study of agencification in Israel is therefore less challenging than if we were to study larger, older and reform-prone countries. Yet, there are also some disadvantages connected with the Israeli case. Not only that research on the structure of the Israeli state is meagre but also the high degree of centralization and the reluctance to experiment with new forms of bureaucratic organization probably limits our ability to identify some important administrative innovations and to study the motivations for reforms (Galnoor et al. 1998; Peled 2000; Maor 2002; Talias 2002). In this country chapter, we sketch what is known about agencification in Israel and what the, still considerable, lacunae in our knowledge are.
KeywordsDelivery Agency Israeli State Civil Aviation Authority Government Corporation Israeli Case
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