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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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Why Privatization Matters

Why Privatization Matters

The Democratic Case Against Privatization

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(p.52) 3 Why Privatization Matters
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Privatization
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Alon Harel

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479842933.003.0004

Under the traditional view, the decision to privatize hinges exclusively on the question of who is most likely to make the just or correct decision: a public official or a private entity. This chapter challenges the traditional approach and argues that massive privatization as such has costs as it severs the link between decision-making processes and citizens, eroding the prospect of meaningful political engagement and civic shared responsibility.

Keywords:   Privatization, Public Officials, Private Contractors, Democracy, Civic responsibility, Polity

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