Publications

2010
Science, Policy and Uncertainty: The Role of Scientists in Shaping Environmental Policy in Israel
Gidron T, Fischhendler I. Science, Policy and Uncertainty: The Role of Scientists in Shaping Environmental Policy in Israel. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2010.Abstract

This study attempts to characterize the impact of scientists on shaping environmental policy in Israel and when, and in what way does the use of scientific rationale lead to maximizing the successful promotion of a desired policy? This is a particularly significant question in Israel, where the issue has not as yet gained wide public acknowledgement.

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Urban Creativity: Effective Management and Democratic Openness
Aizencang-Kane P. Urban Creativity: Effective Management and Democratic Openness. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2010.Abstract

Urban creativity is currently the focus of theoretical and practical research and can contribute to the understanding of local government modus operandi and in particular to its effective management. The study focuses on Shoham and Holon, both defined by the Ministry of the Interior as successful municipalities. It examines the creativity of the municipality distinguishing between effective management, which emphasizes internal processes within the municipality, and democratic openness, which emphasizes the interaction between the municipality and the environment as well as increasing local capital resources.

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2009
Independence and Entrepreneurship Among Arab Muslim Rural and Bedouin Women in Israel
Kark R, Galilee E, Feuerstein T. Independence and Entrepreneurship Among Arab Muslim Rural and Bedouin Women in Israel. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2009.Abstract

This study attempts to evaluate the degree of independence and entrepreneurship among a group of Arab Muslim women, rural and Bedouin, and their own viewpoints on issues relating to independence, entrepreneurship, economic involvement and their social and legal status against a background of a changing global economy.

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Israel's Corporatization of Water Supply and Sewerage Services: An Unresolved Reform
Ben-Elia N. Israel's Corporatization of Water Supply and Sewerage Services: An Unresolved Reform. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2009.Abstract

The municipal water system reform in Israel has long passed the point of no return, both from the perspective of the volume of population and its single-directional legal approach. However, this outcome hardly heralds the reform's conclusion. Completing the municipal corporatization is only one aspect of the reform and does not secure its success by standards of its own initial principles and goals. Analyzing the policy process of corporatization on a national level uncovers fundamental phenomena which may impede, without possibility of redress, the reform's stated goals, the public interest and the interests of consumers. In the face of this disturbing possibility this research attempts to reevaluate the corporatization reform and its possible impacts.

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Land Development Processes in Israel in the Privatization Era: Viewed Through the Lens of the Nissim Comission Deliberation
Ash T. Land Development Processes in Israel in the Privatization Era: Viewed Through the Lens of the Nissim Comission Deliberation. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2009.Abstract

This study examines the deliberations of the Nissim Commission as a window to understanding the trends and the development processes over a given period – 1995-2001. The study focuses on the development processes, their leading protagonists, the central motives guiding them and the development mechanism of agricultural land and open spaces in Israel. The analysis relates to the process itself and not to its outcome and proposes, among others, the prospects of forecasting the development process and expected trends.

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Legal Aspects of Structural Adjustments in Israel's Rural Local Government
Rasis S, Applebaum L. Legal Aspects of Structural Adjustments in Israel's Rural Local Government. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2009.Abstract

This study examines the role of the judiciary in the process of change which has taken place during the last three decades in the legal foundation and function of rural local government in Israel.

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A Local Leader: A Mechanism of Change in the Periphery Yeruham: 1983-2006
Dahan Y. A Local Leader: A Mechanism of Change in the Periphery Yeruham: 1983-2006. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2009.Abstract

This study compares between two regional leaders of the peripheral town of Yeruham over three decades. Its findings show that leaders who operated under similar economic, geographical and cultural conditions, embodied very diverse types of leadership. The comparison manifested various perspectives and channels of influence: the community vision, the socio-political concept, funding strategies and most particularly the style and modus operandi with both the local population and the national concentrations of power. Factors associated with the character and image of the leader impacted directly on local development and on the quality of services as well as on shifts in the political culture of Yeruham's residents.

Recovery of Poor Preforming Municipalities in Israel: A Comparative Perspective in Light of the British Experience
Beeri I. Recovery of Poor Preforming Municipalities in Israel: A Comparative Perspective in Light of the British Experience. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2009.Abstract

This study examines the policy concept of addressing poor-performing municipalities in Israel as reflected by the new Municipalities Bill-2007, and compares legislation and experience in this field in other countries, most particularly in Britain. The central dilemma which the study addresses is the paucity of the Municipalities Bill and its questionable ability to accelerate recovery processes in local government under crisis. The Bill reflects the governing perception in the country on addressing poor-performing localities, which is rigid, limited and based on an economic paradigm. This, despite the experience of other western countries, which includes policy, legislation and wide accommodating measures to challenge the under-performance of public organizations.

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Towards Joint Management of City Centers: The Jerusalem City Center
Yelinek A. Towards Joint Management of City Centers: The Jerusalem City Center. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2009.Abstract

This study examines the attempt to create a joint management public-private body for the center of Jerusalem, against a background of an ambitious project to regenerate its old center. The study points to the difficulties entailed in the process at the outset, and proposes the means to resolve them based on worldwide experience and recommends an appropriate model for the center of  Jerusalem.

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2008
Jerusalem as an Internal Migration Destination for Palestinian-Israeli Single Women
Masry-Herzalla A. Jerusalem as an Internal Migration Destination for Palestinian-Israeli Single Women. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2008.Abstract

This study focuses on the migration to Jerusalem by young Palestinian-Israeli women from Arab localities in Israel and on their eventual choice to settle in the city rather than return to their native localities. The study examines the considerations that determine their initial decision to migrate to Jerusalem, usually for the purpose of studies or employment. The characteristics of these young women are examined, as are those unique characteristics of Jerusalem as a migration-absorbing city. Their choice to reside in neighborhoods within Jerusalem and shifts in their socio-economic status resulting from the move are also explored.

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Linking Jerusalem to the Global Economy of Higher Education
Gonen A. Linking Jerusalem to the Global Economy of Higher Education. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2008.Abstract

The idea to position Jerusalem as a center of educational services in the global economy is the main thrust of this policy paper. It is founded on the city’s own past achievement in higher education and on its future potential. Educational services around the world have increasingly become more “globalized” and students move across boundaries and often great distances in order to get the right kind of service in terms of quality and price.

With increased globalization the English language has assumed become the main language of instruction. Its predominant role in exporting educational services has spurred universities to offer teaching services in English to overseas students and thus avail them of this growing global market. In order to realize its potential for exporting higher educational services Jerusalem must do the same.

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Personal Liability in Local Government in Israel: Unlawful Expenditures and Repay
Hazan A, Razin E, Sarig E, Bustin D. Personal Liability in Local Government in Israel: Unlawful Expenditures and Repay. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2008.Abstract

In recent years personal liability in local government has become a major issue in central-local government relations as well as in the public discourse. Its main thrust is a focus on ingraining norms of good governance in the public sector in general and in local government in particular. This publication serves as a foundation for an academic discussion on the issue.

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Disparities in Local Property Tax trends and an International Perspective
Horn R. Disparities in Local Property Tax trends and an International Perspective. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2008.Abstract

This study examines the distribution of the local property tax (Arnona) burden in Israel by analyzing the household expenditure surveys for the years 1997-2005. A new analytical approach reveals the advantages and flaws of the current taxation system in order to propose improving measures of the existing mechanism.

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Public Participation in Cultural Issues: The Perspective of Decision-Makers - The Case of Ashdod
Dror M. Public Participation in Cultural Issues: The Perspective of Decision-Makers - The Case of Ashdod. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2008.Abstract

This study examines the perspectives of decision-makers in the city of Ashdod concerning public participation in cultural issues, against the background of various active models of participatory democracy in Israel and overseas. Activating a model of participatory democracy significantly enhances the involvement of citizens in the democratic process, to their own advantage. It is important to create a mechanism that will enable citizens to realize their needs and desires by applying their capacity to influence or take part in decision-making processes.

The choice of Ashdod, the fifth largest city in Israel, is not arbitrary in light of the numerous waves of migration which form its residential fabric and generate contrasting cultural needs.

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2007
Connected and Strengthened Jerusalem
Gonen A. Connected and Strengthened Jerusalem. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2007.Abstract

This essay presents a vision of a strengthened Jerusalem that can hopefully endure any geopolitical scenario.  In order to achieve this goal several strategic steps are essential, all  to be accompanied by a growing involvement of the central government of Israel in the affairs of the city and its surrounding region, so as to not only allocate generously resources to support housing, employment and infrastructure but also generate planning tools that enable urban development. All the strategies suggested in this essay share the notion of connectedness.

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Between Customs and Laws: Planning and Management of Land in Arab Localities in Israel
Khamaisi R. Between Customs and Laws: Planning and Management of Land in Arab Localities in Israel. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2007.Abstract

This study examines the customs and social accommodations governing Arab society on issues of land management, among them: identifying boundaries, parceling land, land uses and land holding. All these developed in a rural society in which land passed on from one generation to the next. The development of land legislation in Israel and its impacts on land management under conditions of urbanization are also examined. The differences between the two systems (customs versus regulations) from social, economic, cultural and political aspects and considers their planning implications on land uses and spatial development.

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Hasson S. Between Nationalism and Democracy: Scenarios on Majority and Minority Relations in Israel. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2007.Abstract

This study examines the relationship between nationalism and democracy in Israel and offers several scenarios on the issue of future relations between the Jewish majority and the Arab minority in Israel. The study focuses on the following cardinal questions:

* What is the ratio between nationalism and democracy in Israel?
* What are the factors shaping this ratio in Israel?
* What are the possible scenarios on the issues of nationalism and democracy and minority-majority relations in Israel?
* What can be done in light of the future possibilities described in the scenarios?

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Is A Viable Democratic Palestine Possible? Future Scenarios for Palestine
Nasrallah R. Is A Viable Democratic Palestine Possible? Future Scenarios for Palestine. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2007.Abstract

In this publication Nasrallah sets out to explore whether or not a democratic Palestinian State is possible. To answer the question he analyses the events and processes within the PA since Arafat's death, and pays special attention to the rise to power of Hamas and its impact on the political and social system. Following this analysis he presents three scenarios: Total Collapse, National Consensus and Building a Viable State, and The Impasse. Relying on the three scenarios, Rami Nasrallah explores the barriers and opportunities strewn along the way to a viable Palestinian State.

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Jerusalem in the Future: The Challenge of Transition
Hasson S ed. Jerusalem in the Future: The Challenge of Transition. (Hasson S). Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2007.Abstract

This publication presents the complex reality of Jerusalem as a divided city analyzed by six contributors. Shlomo Hasson examines the territorial, social, economic, and political developments in Jerusalem and explores how they may affect possible solutions to the problem of Jerusalem. Shlomo Hasson and Rami Nasrallah explore the different possible futures that may be played out in the city due to the impact of local, national, and international developments. Rassem Khamaisi proposes the alleviation of the Palestinian plight through the realization of the right to the city. Amiram Gonen explores new ways of strengthening Jerusalem by creating new contacts between Israelis and Palestinians. Noam Shoval examines the morphology of the city and the impact of the security barrier on everyday life. Ifat Maoz presents survey data on public opinion regarding different solutions to the problem of Jerusalem.

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Land and Planning Majority-Minority Narratives in Israel: The Misgav-Sakhnin Conflict as Parable
Luz N. Land and Planning Majority-Minority Narratives in Israel: The Misgav-Sakhnin Conflict as Parable. Jerusalem: Floersheimer Studies; 2007.Abstract

This publication examines the Sakhnin-Misgav land dispute in the Galilee as a test case for one of the main issues of majority-minority relations in Israel. The study outlines the various forces involved, directly or indirectly, in the protracted debates held by a special committee nominated by the Minister of the Interior on requests by the Sakhnin municipality to extend its municipal boundaries. The study mainly focuses on analyzing the characteristics of the discourse among the various factors involved in planning and lands uses, both in this particular case and on an overall national level. The analysis highlights the rise of new powers in the planning arena and the ongoing land discourse, and most particularly the appearance of civil groups and organizations.  Concurrently, central government does not relinquish its hold or influence on these issues, at times applying covert practices which endorse the inequitable spatial division.

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