Dr. Roni Holler



Research interests:

Disability policy; Social policy in Israel and in comparative perspective; History of the welfare state


Current research projects:

Guardianship and Supported Decision Making for Persons with Disabilities: A Mixed Method Analysis of Social Workers' Decision-Making Process (CO-PI with Dr. Shirli Werner, ISF Grant number 268/18).

In recent years, several welfare states, including Israel, have amended their guardianship laws. The proper implementations of these laws, including the decision whether to appoint a guardian or the less restrictive alternative of supported decision maker, is greatly influenced by social workers. In our research project we seek to contribute to a better understanding of social workers’ decisions about guardianship and supported decision making. Attention will be paid to understanding the contribution of individual level, social workers’ level, and societal-legal level factors to this process.

Active Take Up in Social Security (CO-PI With Prof. Mimi Ajzenstadt, Dr. Avishai Benish & Prof. John, National Insurance Institute Grant)

One of the limitations of social security programmes is the problem of non-take-up, by which people who are entitled to receive benefits do not receive them. Despite a growing political and academic interests in understanding and tackling this issue, hitherto little is known about the barriers for participation in social benefits and the effective policy tools to overcome these barriers. The aim of this project is to address this theoretical and empirical gap, by mapping a)  the barriers facing social security beneficiaries in taking up their rights b)  the interventions put forward by various actors in order to help citizens to take up their rights. Moreover, assuming non-take-up to be a multi-dimensional in nature, our analysis focuses on various levels of barriers and interventions, including social, legal, bureaucratic and organizational.



Articles in Refereed Journals

Holler, R., & Gal, J. (2011). Subsidies for early childhood education and care: The Israeli model in a cross-national comparative perspective. Social Security, 87, 37-63 (Hebrew) [Link].

Holler, R. (2014). Disability and employment policy in the Israeli welfare state: Between exclusion and inclusion. Disability & Society, 29, 1369-1382 [Link] [SSRN].

Holler, R. (2014). People with disabilities and the Israeli welfare state: The case of relief work. Social Security, 95, 39-76 (Hebrew) [Link].

Gal, J. & Holler, R. (2014). The development of social policy research in Israel, Israel Affairs, 20, 452-469 [Link] [SSRN].

Holler, R. (2017). Disabling ideas – disabling policies: The case of disability employment policy in the newly established Israeli state. Social Policy & Administration, 51, 424-441[Link] [SSRN].

Holler, R. & Werner, S. (2018). Perceptions toward Disability among Social Work Students in Israel: Development and Validation of a New Scale. Health & Social Care in the Community, 26(3), 423-432 [Link].

Holler, R. (2018). “Rebuilding a shattered life and a broken body”: Social work and disability discourses in Israel’s first decades. British Journal of Social Work [Link] [SSRN].

Holler, R. (in press). The role of the welfare state in supporting economic transitions following family bereavement: Comparing Britain and Israel. Social Policy & Administration.

Holler, R.  (In press). Disability studies: Challenges and Issues. Theory and Criticism (Hebrew).

Werner, S. & Holler, R (In press). Attitudes toward guardianship and their association with the importance of social work goals and perspectives of disability within the social work profession. Disability and Rehabilitation.


Edited Books

Gal, J. & Holler, R. (Eds.) (In press). “Justice Instead of Charity”: Chapters in the Development of Social Work in Israel. Beer-Sheva: The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


Other Publications

Lahav-Noy, M., Holler, R., & Ben-Arieh, A. (2009). A basket of community services: Mapping services in four neighborhoods. Jerusalem: Social Policy Research Group, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Gal. J., Ajzenstadt, M., Ben-Arieh, A., Holler, R., & Zielinsky, N. (2010). Israeli child policy and outcomes. Paris: OECD [Link].

Gross, D., Werner, S., Holler, R., & Ben-Arieh, A. (2011). The use of social accreditation for  encouraging the employment of people with disabilities: An international perspective. Jerusalem: The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor.

Holler, R. (2015). Integrating older people into the labour market: the British case. Jerusalem: Eshel.