SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Alternatives to Privatisation: Public Options for Essential Services in the Global South

Dr. David McDonald, Professor and Head, Global Development Studies, Queen's University, Canada; Co-Director of the Municipal Services Project

Date: 23 March 2012Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 23 March 2012Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Book Launch

Those who are against privatising public services are often confronted with the objection that they present no alternative. "Alternatives to Privatisation: Public Options for Essential Services in the Global South", a new book edited by Dr. David McDonald from Queen’s University, Canada, takes up that challenge by establishing theoretical models for what does (and does not) constitute an alternative to privatisation, and what might make them ‘successful’, backed up by a comprehensive set of empirical data on public services initiatives in over 40 countries. This is the first such global survey of its kind, providing a rigorous and robust platform for evaluating different alternatives and allowing for comparisons across regions and sectors. The book helps to conceptualise and evaluate what has become an important and widespread movement for better public services in the global South.

David will also present case studies from his book  “Remunicipalisation: Putting Water Back into Public Hands” that analyse the transition from private to public water provision in Paris, Dar es Salaam, Buenos Aires and Hamilton, as well as a national level experiment in Malaysia.

The presentation will be followed by discussants’ comments and a Q&A with the audience. There will be an opportunity to purchase both books and have them signed.

Organiser: Organised Department of Economics (SOAS) and the London International Development Centre (LIDC)

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