Dr Jonathan Preminger

Newton International Research Fellow
Tel +44 740 3560730

Dr Jonathan Preminger has been awarded a two-year post-doctoral Newton International Fellowship and will be at SIRC from 2015-17, where he will be working with Prof. Helen Sampson. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Ben-Gurion University and an MA in Political Science from Tel Aviv University.

Jonathan’s main field of interest is the political economy, particularly labour relations and the related issues of power, representation and voice. His previous research has concentrated on recent labour organizing in Israel, new forms of representation, and the social and political role of labour following the decline of Israel’s neocorporatist regime. He is now investigating the relationship between the state, industrial relations, and privatised (formerly state-owned) industries in which the state still has an interest, focusing on Israel’s shipping industry.


(2016) “The contradictory effects of neoliberalization on labor relations: the health and social work sectors,” Economic and Industrial Democracy 37(4): 644-664. DOI: 10.1177/0143831X14550423

(2013) “Activists face bureaucrats: the failure of the Israeli social workers’ campaign,” Industrial Relations Journal 44 (5-6): 462-478. DOI: 10.1111/irj.12029

(2010) “Labor contractors in Israel: Government interest in developing a dual labor market,” Public Sphere 4: 131-155 [Hebrew]

Conference papers

“The resurgence of class and the neocorporatist (national) bind,” paper presented at the European Sociological Association’s annual conference, Prague, Aug. 2015

“Labor’s rearguard battle against capital and the doubtful hopes of a corporatist revival,” paper presented at the British Sociological Association’s annual conference, UK, April 2015

“The social environment: the case of the strike at Pelephone and its context,” paper presented at the Israeli Sociological Society’s annual conference, Feb. 2015

“Pulling old strings: the implications of different paths to representation,” paper presented at the British Sociological Association’s annual conference, UK, April 2014

“Including the excluded: Palestinians in the labor market after the disconnection between Zionism and organized labor,” poster presented at the Israeli Sociological Society annual conference, Feb. 2014

“Neoliberal neocorporatism? How new forms of worker representation reshape established IR frameworks,” paper presented at the British Sociological Association’s Work, Employment and Society conference, UK, Sept. 2013

“Revitalization rejected: explaining union failure to grasp a revitalization opportunity,” paper presented at the Social Science History Association annual conference, Vancouver, Nov. 2012