The Role of Public Policy in Gender Inequality in the Arts in Israel

Tal Dekel, Lior Elefant

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This article deals with Israel’s cultural policy and public funding for the arts—a nascent, under-developed research field in Israeli scholarship. The article focuses on the plastic arts and film, presenting data about the system of budget allocation and the structure of relevant Ministry of Culture and Sports decision-making committees. The discussion takes a gender perspective, focusing on obstacles women artists face in accessibility to public budgets for the arts. These challenges, we argue, are compounded when considering additional and overlapping identity categories. We apply intersectional analysis—a perspective that considers positionality and social background, including gender, class, race, nationality, and religion—and conclude with suggestions for improving public policy for the arts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-146
Number of pages22
JournalIsrael studies review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2023


  • allocation of budgets
  • arts in Israel
  • gender analysis
  • inclusive policy in the arts
  • inequalities in arts
  • public policy
  • women artists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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