• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This book is an introduction and guide to the dramatic changes that have occurred in the provision of public services over the last two decades. The authors combine theoretical perspectives with a global range of case studies from Europe, North America, and other areas to explain why, how, and with what success liberal democracies have reformed the service role of the state.

Liberalisation and Privatisation
Liberalisation and privatisation

The introductory chapter outlined three strategies that states have developed in order to improve governance: to reduce the scope of what the state does, to improve the efficiency of what it does, and to cooperate with other states in doing it. Chapter 2 addressed international cooperation, focusing on European integration. This chapter and the next turn to the question of whether the states can do less, and how to regulate activity that is transferred from the public to private sector. Chapters 5 to 8 then turn to efforts to make the state more efficient. The central questions in this chapter concern how to reduce the scope of the state and introduce a degree of competition in public services – privatisation ...

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