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1   Link   Institute for the research on the Kibbutz and the Cooperative idea
The institute is an expression of scientific collaboration between the kibbutz movement and the university of Haifa. The goals and major activities are in four areas: Research; Teaching and dissemination of kibbutz knowledge; Clearing-house for kibbutz related publications; Applied research services to kibbutz communities and organizations.

Research is both basic and applied. Current research topics are: changes in the kibbutz structure, outcomes of changes in the kibbutz, leadership, regional development, democracy in a crisis period, reasons for leaving the kibbutz. An annual survey of institutional changes in the kibbutz community and a yearly opinion survey of kibbutz members have been conducted by the institute since 1990.

The institute has developed a comprehensive computerized bibliography of all scientific publications related to the kibbutz. The bibliography contains some 5,000 items, about half in Hebrew and the rest mostly in English. It is constantly updated.
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2   Link   International Communal Studies Association (ICSA)
The International Communal Studies Association provides a common framework for a scholarly exchange of information regarding communal life; communes, intentional communities, kibbutzim and other collective communities throughout the world.
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