Mr. Asa Maron

Mr. Asa Maron

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Prof. Vered Slonim-nevo
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Last update: 22-Sep-2012
PhD/Graduate Student, Sociology and Anthropology

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I am a PhD candidate at the Sociology and Anthropology Department, Ben-Gurion University. My main fields of interest are Sociology of Citizenship, State and Civil Society. Reconfiguration of state and citizenship in contemporary welfare states is my primary academic interest. I am intrigued by innovative approaches to the study of welfare state change, its institutional motivations, and its street-level repercussions.
In my dissertation, entitled “Striving for Domination and Liberalization in the Welfare State: State Actors, Private Agents and the Reconfiguration of Social Governance and Citizenship in Israel (1997-2010)”, I explore emerging social state interventions in the era that followed the ‘Emergency Economic Stabilization Plan' (1985) which gave the Israeli Ministry of Finance (MOF) significant institutional powers over other state actors by imposing financial austerity and controlling their budgetary management. In this post-reform bureaucratic terrain, different state actors struggle and form new arrangements in order to promote solutions for old and new ‘social problems.' The research focuses on two case studies: (1) The introduction and implementation of Israel's welfare-to-work program (known as ‘Wisconsin plan'), and (2) the changing regime of services for at risk children and teens. I demonstrate how state actors mobilize new private agents in different fields – through which state power ‘reinvents' itself – in order to establish new apparatuses to regulate the behaviour of citizens. My work utilizes a multi-level methodology that interconnects varied arenas of welfare state change: macro level bureaucratic politics and struggles, remaking meso level administrative apparatuses, and the micro street-level reconfiguration of the relations between citizens and innovative service provisioning agencies. I establish this by merging historical and institutional methods with street-level ethnographic methods.