In this first critical, multidisciplinary assessment of recent privatization in a developing country, the contributors offer valuable lessons for the comparative study of denationalization and related public policy options. After an introductory survey, the volume presents broad perspectives on the context, formulation, and adjustment of privatization policy in Malaysia. The contributors review the distributional implications of specific privatizations for the public interest as well as for consumer and employee welfare. The book concludes with an examination of the economic, political, and cultural impacts of the privatization of physical infrastructure, telecommunications, and television programming.
Introduction -- Background -- Overview -- Macropolicy Perspectives -- Public Enterprises -- Policy -- Early Privatizations -- Issues -- Management Buy-Outs -- Efficiency and Consumer Welfare -- Employee Welfare -- Sectors -- Infrastructure -- Telecommunications* -- Television Programming*