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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

(p.52) 3 Why Privatization Matters

Alon Harel

NYU Press

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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