LL.B., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2000; LL.M., Columbia University, New York, 2008; LL.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2009; Lecturer, 2010.
Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA, 2014-2015
Access to social rights
Welfare law and socio-legal studies
Administrative justice and accountability in privatized welfare programs
Regulatory welfare state
Special issue in Public Administration
Accountability and Hybridity: Understanding Mixed Accountability Regimes under the New Forms of Welfare Governance.
(Guest editor with Professor Paola Mattei, Oxford University)
We invite papers that advance the debate about accountability in welfare governance, focusing in particular on hybridity, changing modes and consequences of changing accountability regimes. Further details are available here.
Deadline for paper submission: December 31st, 2017
The Inspection of Social Care Services (Israel Science Foundation): This research project (with Professor Shimon Spiro, TA University) seeks to explore the process of social care inspection from the perspective of social work professionals. Social workers play key roles in the inspection of social care services under the regulatory welfare state. They are subject to inspection as frontline care, and they frequently serve as the inspectors of these services – something that is seldom noted. The study employs as a case study the context of social services inspection in Israel, which takes a largely professional approach and is conducted solely by trained social workers.
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 (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)
Mordechai Kremnitzer, David Kretzmer and Avishai Benish (2002) The Basic Laws as a Constitutional Foundation. Jerusalem: Israel Democracy Institute. (Hebrew) [Link]
Avishai Benish (2013) “The right to dignified existence as a constitutional right” Legal Aid Review 3. (Hebrew) [Link]
Avishai Benish and Michal Bar-Almog (2012) “Book Review: Regulation of the Third Sector” Social Security 89:169- 174. (Hebrew) [Link]
Guest editor (with Paola Mattei), Public Administration, “Accountability and Hybridity: Understanding Mixed Accountability Regimes under the New Forms of Welfare Governance” [Call for Papers]
Guest editor, Social Security, “Trends in the Governance of Social Services in the 21st Century”. (Hebrew) [Link]
Editor (with David Levi-Faur and Oren Perez), Policy, Regulation & Governance eJournal [Link]