Saar Alon-Barkat

Saar Alon-Barkat
Doctoral student, department of Political Science
Dissertation title: Symbolic communication of bureaucratic organizations with the public: influences on public perceptions and bureaucratic response
Supervisor: Prof. Sharon Gilad

I am a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at Hebrew University, and my research is in the study of Public Administration.

My area of research studies the relationship between public administration with public citizens. My doctoral thesis focuses on the symbolic communications of organizations of public administration with the public, which is reflected in the use of branding, marketing, PR etc. In this framework I am researching the influence the use of symbols by bureaucracies on citizen’s perceptions and the responsiveness of organizations to public pressure.

Before my doctoral studies I completed my undergraduate degree with honors in law and political science at Hebrew University and interned with the Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, and was later certified as a lawyer. I worked in the Prime Minister’s office in the Division for Planning Policy, Government and Society. I completed my Master’s Degree in political science with honors from Hebrew University.

In addition to my academic activities, I volunteer for the “workshop for public knowledge”, a non-profit organization that acts to provide the accessibility of public knowledge to citizens through open source internet ventures and to promote citizen involvement. In the framework of my activity in the workshop, I am partner in the project “Budget Key”, a project to provide information on government budgeting, including budget transfers and government spending. In the project I lead a team that focuses on the accessibility of the communications between government offices and private entities.

I am married to Yarden, and father to Shachaf and Zohar.