Fields of Practice:
Political economy, the politics of inequality
Michael Shalev is a professor of Sociology and Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Shalev’s main areas of specialization are political sociology, political economy, the welfare state, and social stratification. Among other things he has studied class voting, social protest, the welfare state, and the rise of neoliberal economic policies in Israel. Shalev’s research uses the Israeli case as a vehicle for illustration or critique of broader theoretical issues. In recent years, he has authored or coauthored studies of how class and context shape attitudes to inequality and redistribution, “loyalty benefits” as a component of Republican welfare states, the role of conflict in institutional stability and change, and when and why ideas trigger radical shifts in policy. Shalev also carries out comparative research on the advanced OECD countries that is unconnected to Israel, and is interested in methodological aspects of cross-national comparative research.