1st Edition

Alternatives to Privatization Public Options for Essential Services in the Global South

Edited By David A. McDonald, Greg Ruiters Copyright 2012
    536 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    There is a vast literature for and against privatizing public services. Those who are against privatization are often confronted with the objection that they present no alternative. This book takes up that challenge by establishing theoretical models for what does (and does not) constitute an alternative to privatization, and what might make them ‘successful’, backed up by a comprehensive set of empirical data on public services initiatives in over 40 countries. This is the first such global survey of its kind, providing a rigorous and robust platform for evaluating different alternatives and allowing for comparisons across regions and sectors. The book helps to conceptualize and evaluate what has become an important and widespread movement for better public services in the global South. The contributors explore historical, existing and proposed non-commercialized alternatives for primary health, water/sanitation and electricity. The objectives of the research have been to develop conceptual and methodological frameworks for identifying and analyzing alternatives to privatization, and testing these models against actually existing alternatives on the ground in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Information of this type is urgently required for practitioners and analysts, both of whom are seeking reliable knowledge on what kind of public models work, how transferable they are from one place to another and what their main strengths and weaknesses are.

    1. Introduction: In Search of Alternatives to Privatization  David A. McDonald and Greg Ruiters  2. Weighing the Options: Methodological Considerations  David A. McDonald and Greg Ruiters  Part 1: Actors, Issues and Ideologies  3. Terrains of Neoliberalism: Constraints and Opportunities for Alternative Models of Service Delivery  Ben Fine and David Hall  4. Transformative Resistance: The Role of Labour and Trade Unions in Alternatives to Privatization  Hilary Wainwright  5. Gendering Justice, Building Alternative Futures  Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Sarah Miraglia  6. Social Movement Struggles for Public Services  Susan Spronk and Philipp Terhorst  7. Careful What You Ask For: State-Led Alternatives to Privatization  David A. McDonald and Greg Ruiters  Part 2: Sectoral and Regional Reviews.  Asia: Regional Overview  Jenina Joy Chavez  8. Creating, Reclaiming, Defending: Non-Commercialized Alternatives in the Health Sector in Asia  Amit Sengupta  9. Springs of Hope: Alternatives to Commercialization of Water Recourses and Services in Asia  Buenaventura Dragantes, Cheryl Batistel and Mary Ann Manahan  10. The Public in Asia Power  Nepomuceno Malaluan  Africa: Regional Overview  Greg Ruiters  11. African Triage: Assessing Alternatives to Health Care Privatization South of the Sahara  Yoswa M. Dambisya and Hyacinth Eme Ichoku  12. Where Have All the Alternatives Gone?: The Shrinking of African Water Policy Options  Kate Bayliss and Al-hassan Adam  13. Electrifying Africa: Turning a Continental Challenge into a People’s Opportunity  Terri Hathaway  Latin America and the Caribbean: Regional Overview  Susan Spronk  14. Progressive Alternatives in Primary Health Care in Latin America  Luis Ortiz Hernández, Iliana Camacho Cuapio, Catalina Eibenschutz Hartman and Silvia Tamez González  15. Struggles for Water Justice in Latin America: Public and ‘Social-Public’ Alternatives  Susan Spronk, Carlos Crespo and Marcela Olivera  16. Alternatives in the Electricity Sector in Latin America  Daniel Chavez  Part 3: Looking Ahead  17. Conclusion: Ways Forward for Alternatives in Health, Water and Electricity  David A. McDonald and Greg Ruiters


    David A. McDonald is Professor of Global Development Studies at Queen's University.

    Greg Ruiters is Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research and Matthew Goniwe Chair of Development and Society at Rhodes University.