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Jack Knight and Melissa Schwartzberg

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479842933

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479842933.001.0001

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Some (Largely) Ignored Problems With Privatization

Some (Largely) Ignored Problems With Privatization

(p.9) 1 Some (Largely) Ignored Problems With Privatization

Debra Satz

NYU Press

More than efficiency and accountability are at stake in the decision to contract out publicly provided goods or publicly owned resources. This chapter makes the case for considering two other aspects of privatization:  inequality and the erosion of public purposes. Moving a good or service out of the public sector can distort and fragment important public goals regarding that good or service, in part by changing the decision path by which that good or service is produced and distributed.

Keywords:   Privatization, Contracting out, Private prisons, Inequality

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