From communities holding the state accountable for public health in rural Guatemala, to waste pickers in India and decentralized solar electricity initiatives in Africa, the essays in this collection offer probing insights into the complex ...
Author: David A. McDonald
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
How do we provide effective public services in a deeply neoliberal world? In the wake of the widespread failure of privatisation efforts, societies in the global south are increasingly seeking progressive ways of recreating the public sector. With contributors ranging from cutting-edge scholars to activists working in health, water, and energy provision, and with case studies covering a broad spectrum of localities and actors, Making Public in a Privatized World uncovers the radically different ways in which public services are being reshaped from the grassroots up. From communities holding the state accountable for public health in rural Guatemala, to waste pickers in India and decentralized solar electricity initiatives in Africa, the essays in this collection offer probing insights into the complex ways in which people are building genuine alternatives to privatization, while also illustrating the challenges which communities face in creating public services which are not subordinated to the logic of the market, or to the monolithic state entities of the past.
Public-public partnerships in the Global South in Munoz-Garcia, F. (ed) World
scientific reference on natural resources ... and community reinventing public
water in Colombia”, in McDonald, D.A. (ed) Making public in a privatized world:
Author: Farhana Sultana
Scholarship on the right to water has proliferated in interesting and unexpected ways in recent years. This book broadens existing discussions on the right to water in order to shed critical light on the pathways, pitfalls, prospects, and constraints that exist in achieving global goals, as well as advancing debates around water governance and water justice. The book shows how both discourses and struggles around the right to water have opened new perspectives, and possibilities in water governance, fostering new collective and moral claims for water justice, while effecting changes in laws and policies around the world. In light of the 2010 UN ratification on the human right to water and sanitation, shifts have taken place in policy, legal frameworks, local implementation, as well as in national dialogues. Chapters in the book illustrate the novel ways in which the right to water has been taken up in locations drawn globally, highlighting the material politics that are enabled and negotiated through this framework in order to address ongoing water insecurities. This book reflects the urgent need to take stock of debates in light of new concerns around post-neoliberal political developments, the challenges of the Anthropocene and climate change, the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the mobilizations around the right to water in the global North. This book is essential reading for scholars and students of water governance, environmental policy, politics, geography, and law. It will be of great interest to policymakers and practitioners working in water governance, as well as the human right to water and sanitation.
Public Ambiguity and the Multiple Meanings of Corporatization: Rethinking
Corporatization and Public Services in the Global South. London: Zed Books.
114. McDonald, D. (2016). Making public in a privatized world: the struggle for
Author: Mireia Tutusaus
Publisher: CRC Press
Whereas the global water community may have reached consensus on the need for water providers to operate on the basis of commercial principles, staff of water utilities are faced with the challenge of implementing these principles in their everyday work. In the everyday domain, these principles appear to directly conflict with the mandate of water operators to provide water services to all. Moreover, the socio-political, economic and bio-physical context in which these water operate may be ill-suited to implement commercialization. In pursuing commercialization these operators adapt, reinterpret, modify, deflect, alter or betray the original principles of commercialization during implementation. This research takes inspiration from the rich literature on policy implementation and policy translation, which argues that policy models need to be transformed and modified if they are to be successfully adopted or implemented. This research analyzes the alterations visible in the daily implementation of commercial models of water provisioning and, in doing so, present a better understanding of how water operators implement policy prescriptions of commercialization in practice. Based on the analysis of the adaptations and (re)interpretations of the implemented model of commercialization in the different cases, this thesis argues that a new way of speaking about commercialization should be developed.
López, Marcela (2016): “Struggling for Public, Reclaiming Citizenship: Everyday
Practices of Access to Water in Medellín. Colombia.” In: McDonald, D.A. (Eds).
Making Public in a Privatized World: The Struggle for Essential Services, pp.
Author: Dorothee Brantz
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Urban Resilience is seen by many as a tool to mitigate harm in times of extreme social, political, financial, and environmental stress. Despite its widespread usage, however, resilience is used in different ways by policy makers, activists, academics, and practitioners. Some see it as a key to unlocking a more stable and secure urban future in times of extreme global insecurity; for others, it is a neoliberal technology that marginalizes the voices of already marginal peoples. This volume moves beyond praise and critique by focusing on the actors, narratives and temporalities that define urban resilience in a global context. By exploring the past, present, and future of urban resilience, this volume unlocks the potential of this concept to build more sustainable, inclusive, and secure cities in the 21st century.
This shift can be traced to four intersecting discourses: privatizing leadership,
privatization of teacher preparation, ... teaching is best taught on the job and that
pedagogy is the purview of navel-gazing academics with little use in the real
Author: Graeme Currie
This book brings together public services policy and public services management in a novel way that is likely to resonate with academics, policy makers and practitioners engaged in the organization of public services delivery as it is from a perspective that challenges many received ideas in this field. Starting from the perspective of critical management studies, the contributors to this volume embed a critical perspective on policy orthodoxy around critical public services policy and management studies (CPPMS). In so doing the authors bring together previous disparate fields of public services policy and public services management, but more importantly, debate and present what ‘critical’ constitutes when applied to public services policy and management. This edited collection presents chapters from a broad range of public services domains including health, education, prisons, local and central government and deals with a range of contemporary issues facing public services managers are examined, including regulation of professions, risk management, user involvement, marketing and leadership.
Inefficiencies in government require restructuring and/or privatizing loss-making
public entities including more transparency in regard to public accounts and
performance. Competition should be enhanced in markets of both products and ...
Author: Jos Raadschelders
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
A comparative, interdisciplinary examination of the mechanismsbehind public administration Global Dimensions of Public Administration and Governanceis a comprehensive, comparative text on the structure and functionof governments around the world. Written by two of the field'sleading public administration scholars, this book provides aninterdisciplinary perspective and a global, historical, andtheoretical examination of the management and governance of themodern state. Readers learn how territory, bureaucracy, andpolitical systems influence policy and reform in over thirtycountries, and how these mechanisms affect the everyday lives ofcitizens. This comparative approach features rich examples of howpolicy is shaped by culture, and how modern policy principles arefiltered to fit a country's needs and expectations. Chaptersconclude with comparative analyses that help readersbetter-understand the role and position of government in thecontemporary world, both in democratic societies andless-than-democratic environments. Governance doesn't happen in a vacuum. Those responsible forpolicy, regulation, and reform take cues from history, currentevents, and visions for the future to inform thinking on mattersthat can potentially affect a large number of everyday lives. Thisbook illustrates the thought process, providing the necessaryinsight these important decisions require. Understand the relationship between structure and function ofgovernment Learn how policy is culture-dependent Examine the political and societal contexts of reform Discover the myriad forms of modern bureaucracy The various social sciences provide valuable information andperspectives for those involved in public administration. Thoseperspectives converge here to form a thorough, well-rounded,examination of the success and failure possible, and the mechanismsthrough which they take place. Global Dimensions of PublicAdministration and Governance provides a detailed, wide-ranginglook at how modern governments operate, how they got this far, andwhere they're headed for the future.
Public services in many parts of the world have been "privatized" or "marketized"
during the 1980s and 1990s. In the United Kingdom, ... This entails making public
services behave more like an idealized view of the private sector. It may also ...
Author: David Levinson
First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Instead, they are either seeking to re-enter the public sphere - if already
privatized or are making strenuous efforts, especially in the Third World, to
prevent privatization at the hands of the State. Fighting religious privatization is
carried forward ...
Author: Jeff Haynes
One of the most resilient ideas about societal development after World War II was that nations would inevitably secularise as they modernised. However, as we come to the end of the 'secular' twentieth century, it is obvious that religion continues to be an important factor in politics around the world. The author examines the continuing importance of religion, focusing upon the regions of Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
Sri Lanka Insurance Privatisation Annulled as unlawful & illegal by Supreme
Court handled by Price water house ... of a privatized enterprise is that it will
enable the Government to represent the public interest in the decision making
Author: Nihal Sri Ameresekere
Publisher: Author House
This shockingly explosive Book deals with the manipulative privatization of Sri Lanka Insurance, under a privatization program, pushed by IMF, World Bank and ADB; questionably mishandled by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young, contravening governmental procedures and professional standards; involving a consortium of leading corporates, controlled by one individual, portrayed as a close associate of former US President Bill Clinton. This dubious deal was annulled as wrongful, unlawful and illegal by the Supreme Court, the highest judiciary, observing that it `shocked the conscience of Court', asserting that public assets are held in trust on behalf of the people. This Book exposes those holding elected and selected influential and powerful public office unabashedly compromising national and public interests, in the disposal of an invaluable national asset, at a ridiculous price, to parties, who had not even been pre-qualified, with one party incorporated in Gibraltar after the completion of the process, and whose source of funds channeled through a leading Bank remained a mystery. This Book appallingly reveals how pontificating professionals retrospectively manipulated the financials of Sri Lanka Insurance, facilitating a fraudulent demand for a refund from the Government. It reveals the unashamed condoning of fraud and corruption, and bestowing on corrupt miscreants even more recognition, shunning the `rule of law'; and the absence of law enforcement; and the duplicitous stances of the Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of Chartered Accountants. This book is an `eye opener' on socio-political realities, and is invaluable to those dealing with privatization, public finance and commerce, fraud and corruption, forensic accounting, and to legal academics and professionals, and public interest activists.
49 But just as the traditional commons were cleared by acts of enclosure to make
way for private profit, so too the civil ... the language of inevitability that
Canadians seem so susceptible to when it comes to privatizing public education.
Author: Gordana Yovanovich
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
"In The New World Order contributors discuss an alternative value system to that of the market-led corporate global agenda. This system does not directly challenge corporate globalization but operates in parallel with it, creating new possibilities. The authors expose the threats posed by the New World Order and propose a more positive way of dealing with the future." -- BACK COVER.
For example , they typically require cuts in government budgets , public services
and aid to localities . ... Often they sell public goods on the cheap to cronies and
patrons , making privatization really " briberization , " says former World Bank ...
Author: Ann Malaspina
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Primary and secondary source documents discuss the role of governments and corporations in globalizing the world, how globalization affects economies, the role of technology, globalization and society, and the future of globalization.
Public libraries are keystone public institutions for any thriving community, and as such can be leaders in making cities better places to work, play, and live.
Author: Michael Q. Dudley
Publisher: American Library Association
Public libraries are keystone public institutions for any thriving community, and as such can be leaders in making cities better places to work, play, and live. Here, Dudley shows how public libraries can contribute to 'placemaking', or the creation and nurturing of vital and unique communities for their residents.
Foreign direct investment and portfolio equity investment grew at an estimated
average of 44 percent per year (World ... most of these enterprises were typically
loss-making, which made them a significant burden on already strained public ...
Author: Frank Sader
Publisher: World Bank Publications
"Analyzes impact of privatization programs on direct foreign investment (DFI). Uses econometric techniques to demonstrate that infrastructure privatization is highly correlated with higher levels of subsequent DFI capital inflows"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.
Most people are familiar with the British privatization model, selling off formerly
nationalized industries or public utilities to private investors. ... Section 4 will
discuss a model which gives three criteria for making a policy decision, and
section 5 will draw some conclusions. Privatization as a World-wide Issue
Although since the 1970s privatization has been discussed in analyzing 'different
service delivery ...
Author: Peter B. Boorsma
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
CARlA BODO Board Member of the Cultural Information and Research Centres liaison in Europe (CIRCLE) and Director of the Observatory for the Performing Arts at the Department of the Performing Arts of the Italian Prime Minister's Office, Roma The relation between the public and the private sector in the field of culture, the central theme of this publication, was thoroughly debated during the 1997 CIRCLE Round Table in Amsterdam. It was not the first time CIRCLE addressed this issue. In 1988 CIRCLE'S Bureau was invited to participate in a seminar in Budapest on The State, the Market and Culture. I will never forget the emotional impact of Sacha Rubinstein's demonization of state sup port and his apotheosis of the role of the market in the cultural field in Russia. So, in ad vance of actual events, we suddenly had a premonition of what was going to happen, ofthe turmoil which was about to radically change the socio-political scene of Central and East ern Europe. Six years later, in 1994, we met again in Budapest for a Conference on The Distribu tion of Roles between Government and Arts Councils, Associations and Foundations.
... variety of privatization methods including: (1) transfer of state property to
municipaliiies; (2) restitution to original owners; (3) transformation of cooperatives
; (4) small scale privatization through public auctions'; and (5) privatization of
Author: Nemat Shafik
Publisher: World Bank Publications
The mass privatization scheme put information about enterprise values in the public domain by allowing increasingly informed bidders to interact. This quickly differentiated enterprises with favorable prospects from those with unfavorable prospects. The design of the program served the objectives of speed and equity more than those of corporate governance.
Teaching Public Writing in a Privatized World Nancy Welch. a surprising claim to
make in a chapter that starts with a communitybased class—surely such classes
demonstrate our field's commitment to teaching rhetoric as a fully participatory ...
Author: Nancy Welch
Publisher: Greenwood International
How can our students find - or make - spaces where their ideas and arguments can be heard? Living Room takes up this question in an age defined not only by YouTube and My Space but also the conversion of public streets to festival marketplaces, the creation of cordoned-off and tucked-away “free speech” zones, and the state sanctioning of ethnic profiling. In Living Room Nancy Welch traces the erosion of publicity rights to post-9/11 legislation and, more troublingly, to nearly thirty years of neoliberal privatization of space, institutions, and resources - even the very idea of who has the authority to speak and argue, especially in the political and public arenas. Joining the field's reinvigorated interest in public writing and rhetorical history, Welch argues that if we're to explore with our students when, where, and how they can deliver arguments that matter, we need to look to the lessons of earlier generations. Especially in the 20th century's struggles for labor and civil rights - the struggles that won “living room” rights for ordinary people in the first place - we find consequential (and sometimes unruly) arguments: workers shutting down production lines and cash registers, students disrupting segregated lunch counters, AIDS-HIV activists dying-in across a Wall Street intersection. By examining these and other vibrant models of rhetorical action in our classrooms, we can help our students better understand how to deliver effective arguments in the most restrictive of circumstances and how to most effectively shape their arguments using genre, collaboration, audience, tone, and style. Living Room vigorously critiques our privatized era “of shopping malls and Clear Channel; of state-sanctioned ethnic profiling and militarized responses to public protest; of private economic interests colluding to shape public policy on everything from energy and interest rates to health care and access to the airwaves.”Read Living Room and heed Nancy Welch's call for a reinvigorated rhetoric that connects your composition classroom with a contentious, lively history of writing as social action.
... swept away, replaced by a big-government, big-spending, militarized ideology
ready to bully the world into a new imperial order. ... For indeed they have done
their best to validate that message of fiscal doom, spending more and more
public money on military bases and salaries, extravagant Pentagon hardware,
and especially on private contractors, a new, privatized militia which is turning the
Author: Theodore Roszak
Publisher: New Society Publishers
"It is a brilliant and highly original thesis. I commend Roszak for writing the book." - Tom Pochari, World Affairs Monthly "...sense of optimisim that comes out in this book, where Roszak champions the possibility of restoring that lost commitment to the ideals of libertion." Tom Hartley The Summer of Love. Vietnam. Woodstock. These are the milestones of the baby boomer generation Theodore Roszak chronicled in his 1969 breakthrough book The Making of a Counter Culture. Part of an unprecedented longevity revolution, those boomers form the most educated, most socially conscientious, politically savvy older generation the world has ever seen. And they are preparing for Act Two. The Making of an Elder Culture reminds the boomers of the creative role they once played in our society and of the moral and intellectual resources they have to draw upon for radical transformation in their later years. Seeing the experience of aging as a revolution in consciousness, it predicts an “elder insurgency” where boomers return to take up what they left undone in their youth. Freed from competitive individualism, military-industrial bravado, and the careerist rat race, who better to forge a compassionate economy? Who better positioned not only to demand Social Security and Medicare for themselves, but to champion “Entitlements for Everyone”? Fusing the green, the gray, and the just, Eldertown can be an achievable, truly sustainable future. Part demographic study, part history, part critique, and part appeal, Theodore Roszak’s take on the imminent transformation of our world is as wise as it is inspired—and utterly appealing. Theodore Roszak is the author of fifteen books, including the 1969 classic The Making of a Counter Culture. He is professor emeritus of history at California State University, and lives in Berkeley, California.