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Dr. Amit Avigur-Eshel



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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Amit Avigur-Eshel - CV

Areas of Interest

  • Political economy
  • Political sociology
  • Education politics and policy


My research is located at the intersection between political economy, political sociology and public policy. A central theme in my research is the relationship between policy elites (politicians and top bureaucrats) and non-elites ("common people"), particularly in the context of economic liberalization.

In my research I look into the legitimization of economic liberalization, protest over economic issues, the ways economic policy seeks to reshape the relations between the state and its citizens, and into education politics.

המחקרים שלי נמצאים במפגש תחומי הידע של כלכלה פוליטית, סוציולוגיה פוליטית ומדיניות ציבורית. תמה מרכזית במחקרים שלי היא יחסים בין אליטות מדיניות (פוליטיקאים ופקידים בכירים) לבין לא-אליטות ("אזרחים מן השורה"), בעיקר בהקשר של ליברליזציה כלכלית.

במסגרת מחקרי אני עוסק בשאלות של לגיטימציה לליברליזציה כלכלית, במחאה בנושאים כלכליים, באופנים שבהם מדיניות כלכלית מבקשת לעצב מחדש את היחסים בין המדינה לבין אזרחיה וכן בפוליטיקה של החינוך.



You can find a list of my publications below. But you could also use the following table to find publications according to themes and issues that interest you.



Theme / Issue

Articles / Books

Relationship between policy elites and non-elites

Articles 1-12, Book 1

Legitimization of economic liberalization

Articles 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12

Protest over economic issues

Articles 3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12

Economic policy and state-citizen relations

Articles 1, 4, 5, 7, 8

Education politics

Articles 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, Book 1








Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals



1. Avigur-Eshel A. & Mandelkern R. (forthcoming) Training the public: Advancing neoliberal reforms through model experiences. New Political Economy.

2. Avigur-Eshel, A. & Berkovich, I. (2019) Introducing managerialism into national educational contexts through pseudo-conflict: A discursive institutionalist analysis. International Journal of Educational Development, 68, special issue: “Intractable conflict in the age of globalization – multidimensional examination of the education system in Israel”.

3. Avigur-Eshel, A. (2019) Speaking to the outraged: Discursive responses of political elites to social unrest over economic issues. Critical Policy Studies, 13(9), 470-487. 

4. Avigur-Eshel, A. (2019) Mobilization against liberalization in Latin America: Neoliberal promises and their failure as a source of grievances. Journal of Global South Studies, 36(2), 253-278.

5. Avigur-Eshel, A. & Filc, D. (2018) Military conflict and neo-liberalization in Israel (2001-2006): A Neo-Gramscian approach. Political Studies, 66(2), 503-520.

6. Avigur-Eshel, A. & Berkovich, I. (2018) Who 'Likes' public education: Social media activism, middle class parents and education policy in Israel. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39(6), 844-859.

7. Avigur-Eshel, A. (2018) Synthesizing depoliticization and responsibilization: The case of financial education in Israel. Competition and Change, 22(5), 509-528.

8. Avigur-Eshel, A. (2018) Encouraging action in the private sphere: Demand-side practices in the depoliticization of economic policy. Politics & Policy, 46(1), 84-109. 

9. Avigur-Eshel, A. (2018) More of the same: Discursive reactions of members of Knesset to the 2011 ‘Social Protest’ in Israel. Middle East Law and Governance, 10(2), 117-140.

 10. Avigur-Eshel, A. & Berkovich, I. (2017) Using Facebook differently in education policy protests. Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, 11(4), 596-611.

11. Avigur-Eshel, A. (2015). Study to succeed: The neoliberal promise and the 2011 summer protest. Israeli Sociology, 16(2), 31-55.

12. Avigur-Eshel, A. (2014). The ideological foundations of neoliberalism’s political stability: An Israeli case study. Journal of Political Ideologies, 19(2), 164-186. 










1. Berkovich, I. & Avigur-Eshel, A. (2019). Digital Protest and Activism in Public Education: Reactions to Neoliberal Restructuring in Israel. UK: Emerald.






Book Reviews


Avigur-Eshel A. (2018). Book review of Maron A. & Shalev, M. (eds.) (2017). Neoliberalism as a State Project: Changing the Political Economy of Israel, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bitachon Soziali, 105.








Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics – Annual Conference, "Profit-led growth and the question of political legitimacy: Israel 2009-2015", with Dani Filc, a virtual conference, July 2020.

Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics – Annual Conference, "Not merely ideological: The political economy of populism in government", with Dani Filc, a virtual conference, July 2020.

Research Workshop on ‘Materiality, Imaginaries and Subjectivities: Bringing Economy and Culture Together in Sociological Research, “Financial Market Liberalization and the Construction of Shared Practical Experiences: The Case of Israel’s ‘Child Trust Fund’”, with Ronen Mandelkern, Ra’anana, February 2019.

Israeli Political Science Association – Annual Conference, “Practical experiences and the legitimization of the neo-liberal political economy: The case of the Israeli Child Trust Fund”, with Ronen Mandelkern, Sderot, May 2018.

Israeli Sociological Society – Annual Conference, “It’s not political at all: Transferring responsibility to the individual as a new type of depoliticization of economic policy”, Beer Sheva, January 2018.

Conference on ‘In the Spaces of Big Data and Like: Public Policy and Politics in the Era of Media and Information’, “Who likes public education? Using Facebook differently in education policy protests”, with Izhak Berkovich, Open University, Ra’anana, December 2017.

European Sociological Association – Annual Conference, “It is on you now: Depoliticizing economic policy through financial education”, Athens, August 2017.

Israeli Political Science Association – Annual Conference, “It’s not the problem, it’s the solution: The re-legitimization of economic liberalization policy in Israel”, Tel-Aviv, May 2017.

Israeli Political Science Association – Annual Conference, “Speaking without challenging: Re-politicization of economic policy in the service of the neoliberal project”, Ashkelon, May 2015.

ESPAnet-Israel – Forum for Research of Social Policy, “Duties as condition to rights: Republican neoliberalism in Israel”, Beer Sheva, February 2015.

Israeli Political Science Association – Annual Conference, “Duties as a condition to rights: The rise of market-republican citizenship in Israel”, Beer Sheva, May 2014.

American Political Science Association – Annual Meeting, “The promise-discipline politics of neoliberalism: Israel, Chile and their respective 2011 popular protests”, Chicago, August 2013.

International Colloquium ‘Middle class: Practices, transformations, and constructions in Latin America and Spain during the Twentieth Century’, “Middle class protest in Chile and in Israel”, Tel Aviv, April 2013.

ESPAnet-Israel – Forum for Research of Social Policy, “Protest and consent: How ideology helps to explain why the neoliberal order is still with us despite the 2011 summer protest”, Jerusalem, January 2013.

Association of Israel Studies – Annual Conference, “‘This is what we’re fighting for’: Middle class, ideology and the 2011 summer protest”, Haifa, June 2012.

European Sociological Association – Annual Conference, “Does troubled times mean neoliberalism is in trouble?”, Geneva, September 2011.

Association of Israel Studies – Annual Conference, “Losing ground? Ethnic minority-majority relations and neoliberal land reform”, Toronto, May 2010.




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