Service sector

A new title, edited by David A. McDonald and Greg Ruiters has been published by Leftword, Alternatives to Privatization: Public Options for Essential Services in the Global South

Mcdonald is Professor of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University, Canada, and co-Director of the Municipal Services Project. Ruiters is Professor of Governance and Public Policy at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and co-Director of the Municipal Services Project.

Critics of privatization are often told they present no alternatives. This book takes up that challenge, proposing conceptual models for what constitutes an ‘alternative to privatization’ and analyses what makes them successful (or not), backed up by empirical data on creative public service initiatives in over 40 countries in the Global South. This groundbreaking study provides a robust platform for comparisons across regions and sectors, with a focus on health, water and electricity. Alternatives to Privatization is a compelling study and has been written by leading academics, practitioners and activists in the field.

In our Development Studies section, in hardcover, Rs. 750, xiv+519 pages,  ISBN: 9789380118123

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