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Provision and production reform of urban fire services: privatization, cooperation and costs

Bel, G; Belerdas-Castro, A; (2022) Provision and production reform of urban fire services: privatization, cooperation and costs. Public Management Review , 24 (9) pp. 1331-1354. 10.1080/14719037.2021.1886317. Green open access

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Abstract

With the objective of expanding fire protection services to cover sparsely populated areas, an important reform has been implemented in the region of Galicia (Spain) over the two last decades, involving cooperation at county level and provincial level for service provision, and privatization of the service production. This article analyses that reform, and empirically studies whether privatization and cooperation have had any significant effect on costs incurred by the government for fire service provision. Our results suggest that cooperation is an efficient tool for expanding the service. However, we do not find a significant relationship between privatization and costs.

Type: Article
Title: Provision and production reform of urban fire services: privatization, cooperation and costs
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2021.1886317
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2021.1886317
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Fire services, privatization, inter-municipal cooperation, local public services
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10123040
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