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Privatisation against the European Social Model
A Critique of European Policies and Proposals for Alternatives
 
 
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05 Nov 2009
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This book presents a comprehensive overview and critical analysis of the processes of liberalisation and privatisation, and their consequences for economic performance, social cohesion and political democracy in the European Union. It examines the main drivers and the various theoretical rationales for privatisation in the context of different schools of thinking.

It argues on the basis of broad empirical evidence that privatisation in Europe, particularly the ongoing privatisation of social services, undermines the basic elements of the different social models that have developed in Europe. These arguments are supported by a number of in-depth case studies, with specific focus on health care, education and finance. The authors of this volume advance from this critique and explore the basic requirements for a progressive public sector and its role for economic, social and democratic development.

This book will be indispensable reading for all interested in Economic Policy, Public Sector Economics, European Integration and Political Science.


Description

This book presents a comprehensive overview and critical analysis of the processes of liberalisation and privatisation, and their consequences for economic performance, social cohesion and political democracy in the European Union. It examines the main drivers and the various theoretical rationales for privatisation in the context of different schools of thinking.

It argues on the basis of broad empirical evidence that privatisation in Europe, particularly the ongoing privatisation of social services, undermines the basic elements of the different social models that have developed in Europe. These arguments are supported by a number of in-depth case studies, with specific focus on health care, education and finance. The authors of this volume advance from this critique and explore the basic requirements for a progressive public sector and its role for economic, social and democratic development.

This book will be indispensable reading for all interested in Economic Policy, Public Sector Economics, European Integration and Political Science.


Contents

Introduction: Privatisation and the Crisis of Social Europe
PART I: PRIVATISATION IN THE EU: PROCESS AND DISCUSSION – AN OVERVIEW
Privatisation in Western Europe
Privatisation in the Central and East European Countries
Finance as Driver of Privatisation
Theoretical Approaches to Explaining and Understanding Privatisation
The European Social Models: Contours of the Discussion
PART II: CASE STUDIES
Privatisation in the Industrial Sector
Liberalisation in Network Industries
Privatisation and Marketisation of Health Care Systems in Europe
Privatisation of Education
Privatisation of Pensions
Bank Liberalisation and Privatisation
Privatisation Trajectories in Europe: A Cross – Sector View
PART III: PERSPECTIVES
The Impact of Privatisation and Liberalisation of Public Services on the European Social Model
Elements of a Progressive European Social Model
The Role of the Public Sector in a Progressive Construction of Europe
Social Actors – Trade Unions and Social Movements


Authors

MARICA FRANGAKIS is an economist, with a special interest in European affairs. She is a member of the Board of the 'Nicos Poulantzas Institute', a non-profit making institution, promoting public debate in a variety of areas. She is also involved with the ATTAC network, while she is an active member of the European Economists for an Alternative Economic Policy in Europe (EuroMemorandum Group).

CHRISTOPH HERMANN is Senior researcher at the Working Life Research Centre (FORBA) in Vienna and co-coordinator of the EC funded research project 'Privatization of Public Services and the Impact on Quality, Employment and Producitvity'.

JÖRG HUFFSCHMID was professor for Political Economy and Economic Policy at the University of Bremen in Germany. His research interests and publication areas were amongst others European integration and financial markets. He was the scientific coordinator of various EU-wide projects and one of the founders of the EuroMemorandum Group.

KAROLY LORANT spent most of his professional life in the Hungarian National Planning Office, where he dealt with long range forecasts. After the systemic change in Hungary he became a senior economist of the economic research institute named ECOSTAT. Over the past years he has been working as an expert for the European Parliament.