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The privatisation of municipal solid waste management in Recife, Brazil

de Fatima Ribeiro de Gusmato Furtado, Maria; (1996) The privatisation of municipal solid waste management in Recife, Brazil. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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The last decade has witnessed a massive change in the balance between private and public sector participation in the economy, worldwide The delivery of infrastructure services is one of the economic activities where these changes have been the most prevalent This thesis aims at contributing to a clearer understanding of the effects that privatisation may have on the life of city dwellers. It examines the privatisation of Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) in Recife, northeastern Brazil This examination is based on the results of a research carried out in 1994 It is a comparative study involving two areas of the city the first is privately served, while in the second services are publicly provided The comparison is based on four variables accessibility, quality, productivity and costs of MSWM to the public sector. This study has adopted a comprehensive approach in the comparison of the two areas, considering the point of view of the private and public service operators, users and nonusers, and the municipal administration, which is responsible for the provision of MSWM in the city. In accordance with this approach, three surveys were carried out: an archival records survey, both m the private and public agencies involved in MSWM, a household survey in the two areas of study, which covered users and nonusers, and a set of nonscheduled interviews, which involved managers, policy-makers, politicians, experts, and community representatives in the city. This research has found that the private provision of MSWM in Recife, as opposed to the public sector provision, is associated with higher levels of accessibility productivity and quality of service delivery. However, the costs to the public sector of services provided by private and public operators do not show any significant difference.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: The privatisation of municipal solid waste management in Recife, Brazil
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Social sciences; Brazil; Waste management
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10099398
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