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The Interdisciplinary Integration of Community Work and Local Economic Development / שילוב בין-מקצועי של עבודה קהילתית ופיתוח כלכלי מקומי
יוסי כורזים, דויד קלוזנר, David Klausner and Yossi Korazim
Social Security (Hebrew edition) / ביטחון סוציאלי
חוברת 33 (אייר תשמ"ט, מאי 1989), pp. 44-52
Published by: National Insurance Institute / המוסד לביטוח לאומי
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23271351
Page Count: 9
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Unemployment is increasingly seen as a structural obstacle to the maintainance of adequate levels of social security. That is the background to this article, and to the argument for greater interdisciplinary integration of policies and practices concerning unemployment and local economic development. The local level of economic activities facilitates a sensitivity to community needs and potentials, which is rare in wider-scale economic policies. Central to the paper, therefore, is the challenge of developing local economies through joint deployment of social workers — specifically, the community workers among them — and economic development staff. Such combined community and economic development is essential to the underpinning of social welfare in the trimmed welfare state of the late 1980's. It is contended that the area of local economic development provides an opportunity for community workers to innovate, following a long period of digging-in in the face of welfare cuts. The past record of innovation in Israeli social work gives rise to the hope that such an interdisciplinary challenge will be taken up. Community workers must work together with the unemployed and with economic development experts and agencies. To facilitate such work, they must be suitably trained. The establishment of specific training programmes is proposed to facilitate professional work in the seam connecting community and economy. Such training, as well as practical initiatives in the local economy, should receive the backing of a new National Resource Centre for Local Economic Initiatives.
Social Security (Hebrew edition) / ביטחון סוציאלי © 1989 National Insurance Institute / המוסד לביטוח לאומי