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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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Privatization Without Profit?

Privatization Without Profit?

(p.113) 5 Privatization Without Profit?

Chiara Cordelli

NYU Press

This chapter disputes the conception of privatization as delegation to privately owned enterprises rather than state ownership; rather, the author argues that privatization is better understood as the discharging of justice-based, public responsibilities through private rather than public agents. These private agents need not be motivated by the aim of profit; nonprofits also constitute private actors on this model. Only public officials possess the shared institutional orientation that makes common political agency possible. Private actors, however benevolent their motives, impede the state’s capacity to realize simultaneously the functions of establishing an omnilateral system of rules (to guarantee equal freedom), to externalize certain burdens (realizing value pluralism) and to express through institutional arrangements civil reciprocity.

Keywords:   Privatization, Justice, Non-profits, Equality, Reciprocity, Freedom, Value Pluralism

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