Social policy and social protection in Israel; Comparative analysis of welfare states; Social work and policy practice.
Mediterranean Welfare States
Social Work and Policy Practice (with Prof. Idit Weiss-Gal)
Access to Social Rights
History of Social Work in Israel
Social Services in Israel
Abstracts of Current Research:
Mediterranean Welfare States: This study seeks to identify commonalities and differences between welfare states in the Mediterranean region. The goal of the study is to ascertain whether the "olive oil welfare states" have specific features that distinguish between them and other welfare states and if these features can contribute to our understanding of social policy formulation and impacts in these nations.
Social Work and Policy Practice: While involvement in social change is a professed goal of social work, relatively little is known on the ways in which social workers actually engage in policy-practice intended to change social policy on different levels. The goal of this cross-national project is to investigate the various forms of engagement of social workers in policy practice and to formulate an explanatory model for this type of practice.
Access to Social Rights: This project (supported by the National Insurance Institute) examines the factors that impact the take-up of cash benefits and efforts by state and non-state actors to actively address non-take of these benefits.
History of Social Work in Israel: The project covers diverse aspects of the development of the social work profession in Israel and pre-state Palestine. It includes the analysis of the role of German social workers on the establishment of social work in Israel (GIF) and the study of additional chapters in the emergence of the profession.
Social Services in Israel: Under the auspices of the Taub Center for Social Policy Research in Israel, I am involved in a number of studies looking at various aspects of social services in Israel, including the impact of outsourcing of services, the role of non-profits, changes in services for people living in poverty and the role of cash assistance in these services.
Ajzenstadt, M. and Gal, J. [eds.] . Children, families and gender in Mediterranean welfare states. Dordrecht: Springer.
Weiss-Gal, I. & Gal, J. (2011). Policy-practice in social work. Jerusalem: Magnes. (Hebrew)
Gal, J. and Weiss-Gal, I. (eds.). (2013). Social workers affecting social policy: Policy practice in an international perspective. Bristol: Policy Press.
Gal, J. and Weiss-Gal, I. (eds.). (2017). Where academia and policy meet. Bristol: Policy Press.
Gal, J. and Benish, A. (eds). (2018). For the welfare state: Selected essays by Abraham Doron. Tel Aviv: Resling. (Hebrew)
Gal, J. and Holler, R. (eds.). (2019). 'Justice Instead of Charity': Chapters in the Development of Social Work in Israel. Beer Sheva: Ben Gurion Institute.
Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals:
Gal, J. & Weiss-Gal, I. (2011). Social policy formulation and the role of professionals: The involvement of social workers in parliamentary committees in Israel. Health and Social Care in the Community, 19:2, 158-167. (Also published as Weiss-Gal, I., Gal, J. & Avrami, S. (2009).Policy-practice in action: Social workers and parliamentary committees. Social Security, 81, 39-74. (Hebrew)
Gal, J. (2010). Is there an extended family of Mediterranean welfare states? Journal of European Social Policy, 20:4, 283-300.
Bar-Nir, D. & Gal, J. (2011). Who has the power? The role of NPOs in local authorities. Voluntas, 22:1, 1-25.
Holler, R. & Gal, J. (2011). Subsidizing early childhood: Israel in a cross-national comparative perspective. Social Security, 87, 37-64. (Hebrew)
Gal, J. & Ajzenstadt, M. (2013). The long path from a soup kitchen to a welfare state in Israel. Journal of Policy History, 25, 240-263.
Weiss-Gal, I. & Gal, J. (2014). Social workers as policy actors. Journal of Social Policy, 43:1, 19-36.
Gal, J. & Weiss-Gal, I. (2014). Policy practice in social work from a cross-national comparative perspective. Society and Welfare, 33:4, 591-614. (Hebrew)
Gal, J. & Holler, R. (2014). The development of social policy research in Israel. Israel Affairs. 20:4, 452-469, (Also published in Hebrew in Social Security)
Almog-Bar, M., Weiss-Gal, I. & Gal, J. (2015). Bringing public policy into policy practice. Journal of Social Work. 15(4), 390-408.
Ajzenstadt, M. & Gal, J. (2015). Social work and the construction of poverty in Palestine in the 1930s. Qualitative Social Work. 14, 154-169.
Gal, J. & Weiss-Gal, I. (2015). The “why” and the “how” of policy practice: An eight country comparison. British Journal of Social Work; 45:4, 1083-1101.
Gewirtz-Meidany, A., Weiss-Gal, I. & Gal, J. (2016). Social workers' policy practice
in nonprofit human service organizations in Israel. British Journal of Social Work, 46, 1890–1908.
Gal, J. & Kongeter, S. (2016). Exploring the transnational translation of ideas:
German social work education in Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s. Transnational Social Review, 6:3, 262-279.
Keidar, E. & Gal, J. (2017). The policy process of formulating adjusted minimum wage policy: Israel as a case study, Social Security, 102 (Hebrew),
Weiss-Gal, I, Gal, J. & Schwartz-Tayri, T. M. (2017). Teacher, researcher and…policy actor? Social work academics' involvement in social policy. Social Policy and Administration, 51:5, 776-795.
Weiss-Gal, I. & Gal, J. (2017). Academia, social work and social policy: What can we learn from faculty engaged in social policy formulation? Social Security,10, 85-118 (Hebrew).
Lightfoot, L., Gal, J. & Weiss-Gal, I. (2018). Social policy in social work doctoral programs in the United States. Research on Social Work Practice, 28:3, 234-242.
Weiss-Gal, I., Gal, J., Schwartz-Tayri, T., Gewirtz-Meydan, A. & Sommerfeld, D. (2018). Social workers' policy practice in Israel: Internal, indirect, informal and role contingent. European Journal of Social Work.
Weiss-Gal, I. & Gal, J. (2018). Explaining the policy practice of community social workers. Journal of Social Work.
Elmaliach-Mankita, H., Weiss-Gal, I. & Gal, J. (2018). Preparing Social Workers to Affect Policy: The Parliament as a Venue for Training. Social Work Education.
Weiss-Gal, I. & Gal, J. (2019). Social work educators and social policy: A cross-professional perspective. European Journal of Social Work, 22:1, 145-157.