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Shrinking the State


  • Feigenbaum,Harvey
  • Henig,Jeffrey
  • Hamnett,Chris


Privatization has spread worldwide during the 1980s and 1990s, and has significantly reshaped the balance between state and market in many countries. This book provides a comparative political analysis of the development, form, character and causes of privatization in three countries: the UK, USA and France. The authors argue that privatization is a political phenomenon and should be analyzed as such, rather than being seen as an economic response to the growth of the state and the cost of state provision. Privatization frequently has explicit political goals, and has consequences which redistribute costs and benefits to different groups. The book presents a threefold typology of privatization policy - pragmatic, tactical and systemic - and relates it to the experiences of USA, France and UK respectively. It will be of interest to students and scholars of politics, economics, public policy and business studies, as well as policy-makers and consultants in the field of privatization.

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  • Feigenbaum,Harvey & Henig,Jeffrey & Hamnett,Chris, 1998. "Shrinking the State," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521639187, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:cbooks:9780521639187

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    1. Belke, Ansgar H. & Baumgärtner, Frank & Schneider, Friedrich & Setzer, Ralph, 2005. "The Different Extent of Privatisation Proceeds in EU Countries: A Preliminary Explanation Using a Public Choice Approach," IZA Discussion Papers 1741, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
    2. Belke, Ansgar H. & Baumgärtner, Frank & Schneider, Friedrich & Setzer, Ralph, 2005. "The Different Extent of Privatisation Proceeds in EU Countries: A Preliminary Explanation Using a Public Choice Approach," IZA Discussion Papers 1741, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
    3. Armando Castelar Pinheiro & Regis Bonelli & Ben Ross Schneider, 2015. "Pragmatic Policy in Brazil: the Political Economy of Incomplete Market Reform," Discussion Papers 0132, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada - IPEA.
    4. Vargas-Hernández, 2005. "Questions of Ownership: Social Implications of the Mexican Privatisation Programme," Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(2), pages 221-238, December.
    5. Delis, Manthos D & Pagoulatos, George, 2009. "Bank competition, institutional strength and financial reforms in Central and Eastern Europe and the EU," MPRA Paper 16494, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Armando Castelar Pinheiro, 2011. "Two Decades of Privatization in Brazil," Chapters, in: Werner Baer & David Fleischer (ed.), The Economies of Argentina and Brazil, chapter 14, Edward Elgar Publishing.
    7. Obinger, Herbert & Zohlnhöfer, Reimut, 2005. "Selling off the family silver: the politics of privatization in the OECD 1990-2000," TranState Working Papers 15, University of Bremen, Collaborative Research Center 597: Transformations of the State.
    8. Norris, Pippa & Lovenduski, Joni, 2001. "The Iceberg and the Titanic: Electoral Defeat, Policy Moods, and Party Change," Working Paper Series rwp01-038, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
    9. Claire Callender & Kevin J. Dougherty, 2018. "Student Choice in Higher Education—Reducing or Reproducing Social Inequalities?," Social Sciences, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(10), pages 1-28, October.
    10. Armando Castelar Pinheiro & Regis Bonelli & Ben Ross Schneider, 2004. "Pragmatic Policy in Brazil : the political economy of incomplete market reform," Discussion Papers 1035, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada - IPEA.
    11. Branco Ponomariov & Gordon Kingsley, 2008. "Applicability of the Normative Model of Outsourcing in the Public Sector: The Case of a State Transportation Agency," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 8(3), pages 253-272, September.

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