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Re-municipalisation in the early 21st century: water in France and energy in Germany

Re-municipalisation in the early 21st century: water in France and energy in Germany

Hall, David, Lobina, Emanuele and Terhorst, Philipp (2013) Re-municipalisation in the early 21st century: water in France and energy in Germany. International Review of Applied Economics, 27 (2). pp. 193-214. ISSN 0269-2171 (Print), 1465-3486 (Online) (doi:10.1080/02692171.2012.754844)

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Abstract

Changes between state and market production of public services can be analysed as 'pendulum' swings, reflecting political struggles. The extensive re-municipalisations in the water sector and France and the energy sector in Germany provide evidence on this question. This is not the result of a co-ordinated institutional initiative, but a reflection of common political and economic factors. The most important of these are the greater efficiency of public sector provision, and the greater degree of control over the effective achievement of public policy objectives. These are closely related to the historic factors driving public ownership in the 19th and 20th century. A distinctive feature of this 21st century tendency is the prominent role of green parties and environmental policies. The public sector paradigm has historically shown a remarkable resilience, underpinning the development of European public services for almost a century, compared to the three decades of domination by the market paradigm and its currently vacillating foundations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: re-municipalisation, privatisation, water, electricity, public sector, public ownership
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9429

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