Judith Clifton, Francisco Comín and Daniel Díaz Fuentes in Privatisation in the European Union reject the two dominant explanations provided in literature, which include a simple 'Americanisation' of policy and a 'varied' privatisation experience without a common driving force. Using a systematic comparative analysis of privatisation experiences in each country from the 1980s to the beginning of the twenty first century, the authors show how the process of European integration and the need for internationally competitive industries have constituted key driving forces in the quest for privatisation across the EU. As privatisation slows down at the turn of the millennium, what future can citizens expect for public enterprises?
Privatisation in the European Union is essential reading for researchers, students and policy-makers interested in privatisation, EU policy and the history of public enterprises.
One: Deconstructing Public Enterprise. 1. Unravelling Discourses. 2. The Emergence of Public Enterprises in Historical Context. 3. The Raison d'être of Public Enterprises. 4. Conclusions.
Two: The End of Public Enterprises in Europe? 1. Critiques of Public Enterprises and Privatisation. 2. The Experiences of Privatisation in the EU.
Three: European Integration, Market Liberalisation and Privatisation. 1. The Evolution of the Public Enterprise Sector in the UK. 2. The Myth of the `British Paradigm'. 3. Conclusions.
Four: Towards a Logic of Privatisation. 1. The Evolution of the Public Enterprise Sector in the EU. 2. Competition, Markets and Sectors. 3. Public Services: The General Economic Interest as a Communitarian Process. 4. Services of General Interest at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century.
Conclusions. References. Index.
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