Social rights take-up and advocacy
Regulation and welfare state governance
Administrative justice and accountability in privatized welfare services
Social law and socio-legal studies
2010 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Federmann School of Public Policy, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2004 – 2009 PhD (Direct Track), Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2007 – 2008 LL.M., Columbia University Law School, New York. Graduated with distinction, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
1996 - 2000 LL.B. in Law and Political Science (double major), Faculty of Law and Faculty of Social Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Graduated with distinction.
Appointments at the Hebrew University
2017 Assistant Professor tenured (senior lecturer), Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2010 – 2017 Assistant Professor (lecturer), Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2018 – 2019 Visiting Scholar, Silver School of Social Work, New York University, New York, USA.
2017 Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies, Sciences Po, Paris.
2014 – 2015 Visiting Professor, Center for the Study of Law & Society and the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Studies, Faculty of Law, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
Additional Functions and Roles
2019 Head of Undergraduate Program, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2017 Chairman, ESPAnet Israel, the Israeli national association of the European Network for Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet)
Research Grants and Projects:
Between Rights and Care: Integrating Social Rights Advocacy into Social Work Practice (Israel Science Foundation): This research project (with Professor Idit Weiss-Gal) seeks to examine and conceptualize the integration of rights-based advocacy into social workers’ practice by offering a comprehensive and multifaceted empirical examination of how social workers under the reform engage in take-up practice; of their perceptions of the nature of take-up practice; and of whether and how they incorporate the rights discourse and its logic into their practice.
Social Rights Take-up (Israeli National Insurance Institute): This research project (with Professor John Gal, Professor Mimi Ajzenstadt & Dr. Roni Holler) explores the perceptions and practices of “take-up agents” in the public, private and non-profit sectors in the context of realizing the right to social security.
List of Publications:
Roni Holler & Avishai Benish (Forthcoming 2020) “Into the Promised Land: Modelling the Role of Take-Up Agents in Realizing Welfare Rights” Social Policy & Society
Avishai Benish (Forthcoming 2020) “The Logics of Hybrid Accountability: When State, Market and Professionalism Interact” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Avishai Benish & David Levi-Faur (Forthcoming 2020) “The Expansion of Regulation in Welfare Governance” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Sharon Abraham-Weiss & Avishai Benish (2019) “The Story of Israel’s Supreme Court Ruling on Dignified Existence: Dignity does not Stop at the Doorstep of Poverty,” Law & Social Change, 10, 155 – 186. (Hebrew)]Link]
Avishai Benish, Dana Halevy and Shimon Spiro (2018) “A professional learning-based approach to: A case study of the Youth Protection Authority in Israel,” Society and Welfare, 38(1). (Hebrew)[Link]
Avishai Benish and Liron David (2018) “The right of access the administration in the welfare state: The (non-)take-up of social rights and the duty to make social rights accessible,” Law and Government, 19, 395-427 [Link][SSRN]
Avishai Benish, Hanan Haber and Rotem Eliahou (2017) “The Regulatory Welfare State in Pension Markets: Mitigating High Charges for Low Income Savers in the United Kingdom and Israel,” Journal of Social Policy 46(2) 313-330 [Link] [SSRN]
Nissim Cohen, Avishai Benish, and Aya Shamriz-Ilouz (2016) “When the Clients Can Choose: Dilemmas of Street-Level Workers in Choice-Based Social Services,” Social Service Review 90 (4) 620-646. [Link] [SSRN]
Avishai Benish and Asa Maron (2016) “Infusing Public Law into Privatized Welfare: Lawyers, Economists and the Competing Logics of Administrative Reform,” Law and Society Review 50(4) 953-984. [Link] [SSRN]
Avishai Benish and Michal Kremer (2015) “Filling the Void: A Model for the Constitutional Right to Dignified Existence based on the German Constitutional Law,” Work, Society and Law 14 263-279. (Hebrew) [SSRN]
Avishai Benish (2012) “New Public Management Reforms in Social Services: Lessons from 'Welfare-to-Work' Programs in a Comparative Perspective,” Social Security 90: 259- 290. (Hebrew) [Link]
Avishai Benish (2012) “Social Services in the 21st Century: Trends and Challenges,” Social Security 90: 5-13. (Hebrew) [Link]
Avishai Benish and Roie Tsarfatie (2008) "When Labor Becomes a Commodity Again: A Critical Examination of Abnormally Low Bids in the Procurement of Employment Services" Tel Aviv University Journal of Law and Social Change 1: 93. (Hebrew) [Link]
Avishai Benish (2008) “Contracting Out from The perspective of Public Law: Privatized 'Welfare to Work' Programs and the Limits of Oversight" Hebrew University Law Review (Mishpatim) 38: 283. (Hebrew) [SSRN]
Avishai Benish (2005) “Implementation of the 'Wisconsin Program' in Israel – Legal Aspects” Work, Society and Law 11: 121. (Hebrew)
Chapters and articles in books:
Avishai Benish & Jerome Pélisse (forthcoming 2020) “Administrative Justice in the Private Sector”. In The Oxford Handbook of Administrative Justice
Avishai Benish & John Gal (2018) “Abraham Doron and and Israeli Welfare State”, in John Gal & Avishai Benish, editors (2018) For the Welfare State: Selected Essays by Abraham Doron Tel Aviv: Resling. (Hebrew)
Avishai Benish (2018) “Trends and challenges in the welfare state in Israel and the world”, in John Gal & Avishai Benish, editors (2018) For the Welfare State: Selected Essays by Abraham Doron Tel Aviv: Resling. (Hebrew)
Avishai Benish (2018). The Privatization of Social Services in Israel. In: The Privatization of Israel (Paz-Fuchs, A., Mandelkern R. and Galnoor I., Eds.) (pp. 173-200). Palgrave Macmillan, New York. [Link] [SSRN]
Avishai Benish (2009) "Access to Justice in Welfare Services: The Case of the Administrative Tribunals in the 'Wisconsin Program," in John Gal and Mimi Ajzenstadt (Eds.) Access to social justice in Israel. Jerusalem: Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. (Hebrew) [Link]
Tzvi Inbar, Shlomo Guverman and Avishai Benish (2003) “Constitution-Making and Amending,” in: Procedures for Ratifying and Amending a Constitution and Methods of Designing an Additional Knesset Chamber. Jerusalem: Israel Democracy Institute. (Hebrew)
John Gal and Avishai Benish, editors (2018) For the Welfare State: Selected Essays by Abraham Doron Tel Aviv: Resling. (Hebrew) [Link]
Mordechai Kremnitzer, David Kretzmer and Avishai Benish (2002) The Basic Laws as a Constitutional Foundation. Jerusalem: Israel Democracy Institute. (Hebrew) [Link]
Editor (with David Levi-Faur and Oren Perez), Policy, Regulation & Governance eJournal [Link]
Editor, Social Welfare Law Section, Social Security Journal (Hebrew) [Link]