Democracy and Regulation: How the Public Can Govern Essential Services (Paperback)
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Democracy and Regulation: How the Public Can Govern Essential Services (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 20/12/2002
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Essential services are being privatised the world over. Whether it's water, gas, electricity or the phone network, everywhere from Sao Paulo in Brazil to Leeds in the UK is following the US economic model and handing public services over to private companies whose principal interest is raising prices. Yet it's one of the world's best kept secrets that Americans pay astonishingly little for high quality public services.

This book, based on work for the United Nations International Labour Organisation is the first step-by-step guide to the way that public services are regulated in the United States. It explains how decisions are made by public debate in a public forum. Profits and investments of private companies are capped, and companies are forced to reduce prices for the poor, fund environmental investments and open themselves to financial inspection.

In a world where privatisation has so often led to economic disaster, this book is essential reading.

Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745319421
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 19 mm

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