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Re-municipalization of public services: trend or hype?

Clifton, J; Warner, ME; Gradus, R; Bel, G; (2019) Re-municipalization of public services: trend or hype? Journal of Economic Policy Reform 10.1080/17487870.2019.1691344. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Re-municipalization is part of a broader set of reverse privatization reforms. We argue the term re-municipalization lacks conceptual clarity, confusing municipal level reversals from national ones, new service delivery from reversals, and mixed market positions from full public control. This conceptual confusion makes measurement of re-municipalization difficult. While more case studies are being discovered, quantitative time series studies do not show remunicipalization is increasing. Much case study based research argues remunicipalization is politically transformative, but quantitative research generally finds re-municipalization to be part of a pragmatic market management process, a position confirmed by the papers in this special issue.

Type: Article
Title: Re-municipalization of public services: trend or hype?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17487870.2019.1691344
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17487870.2019.1691344
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: Re-municipalization, Public Services, Reverse privatization, SOLID-WASTE, PRIVATIZATION, WATER, US, REVERSE, REMUNICIPALISATION, ENTERPRISES, COLLECTION, DYNAMICS, MARKET
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/10123060
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