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The Provision Of Local Public Services Through Mixed Enterprises: The Italian Case

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  • G. BOGNETTI
  • L. ROBOTTI

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The rules regulating the creation of mixed enterprises companies (public-private companies) for the provision of local public services have been subjected, in Italy, to a rather complex evolution over time. The new rules introduced allow the creation of a mixed private public enterprise, with either public or private majority; in any case the private shareholder must be selected through a public tender procedure. The data seems to show that mixed enterprises have been used by municipalities as a tool that allows the exploitation of economies of scale and of scope, without necessarily losing control of the leadership and direction of the local utility. Better flexibility of mixed enterprises is also shown by the proportion of mixed enterprises acting outside the territory which is higher than the proportion of public enterprises similarly engaged. Moreover the presence of multi-service units is proportionally higher in mixed enterprises. Copyright 2007 The Authors Journal compilation � CIRIEC 2007.

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Volume (Year): 78 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 415-437

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  8. Mildred E. Warner, 2012. "Does Local Government Size Matter? Privatization and Hybrid Systems of Local Service Delivery," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University paper1212, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
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