• Interview with Pablo Echenique (MEP, Podemos)

    Pablo Echenique is a vivid example of a normal citizen that through Podemos found a way to be a political actor in Spain and Europe. Hillary Wainwright interviews him to help us to understand what the Podemos phenomenon is about.
  • Here to stay: Water remunicipalisation as a global tren...

    In the last 15 years there have been at least 180 cases of water remunicipalisation in 35 countries, both in the global North and South, including high profile cases in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.
  • Organising workers’ Counter-power in Italy and Greece

    Austerity in Greece and Italy has struck workers' particularly hard, but it has also been the context for radical innovations in ’organising the unorganised’, building new kinds of work spaces and even taking control of production.
  • Water and Power: Are public services still public?

    Public water and electricity are back in vogue. Yet many state-owned utilities are now undergoing €œcorporatisation€: they have legal autonomy and manage their own finances. Is this a positive development in the struggle for equitable public services? Or a slippery slope toward privatization?
  • Putting Water Back into Public Hands

    An inspiring video animation about how cities are reversing water privatisation to regain public control.

The Public Services and Democracy Project (‘New Politics’) is part of the Economic Justice, Corporate Power and Alternatives Programme and seeks to improve public services and strengthen democracy by empowering workers and citizens to take back control of our economic and political institutions. >Read more about this project

Articles

Dilma Rousseff has a Second Chance to invigorate Brazil’s Foreign Policy

Bianca Suyama
The South American giant needs to live up to its ideals on the global stage, and civil society activists have a role to play
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Podemos and the new political practices

What are the reasons for the success of Podemos, its implications for Spanish and European politics and is it possible to imagine a similar development in the Netherlands?

The tragedy of the private

Throughout the world, public service workers, alongside their fellow community members, are not only defending public services but also struggling to make them democratic and responsive to people’s needs and desires.
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Publications

The Eve of De-Privatisation in Jakarta

Jakarta is currently striving to join many cities around the world and remunicipalising its water. A series of fact-sheets that outline how and why water privatisation failed and the potential for a renewed effective public service.

Reorienting Development: State-owned Enterprises in Latin America and the World

Sebastian Torres
Reorienting Development analyses what the nature, advantages, limitations and challenges of public companies are. It also offers new theoretical and conceptual insights on the nature and roles of the state and the controversial meanings of development.

The Tragedy of The Private, The Potential of The Public

From South Africa to Brazil, from Italy to the US, in Uruguay, Greece, Norway, the UK and in many other countries, municipal councils are taking services back under public control. Public Service workers and their fellow community members are not only defending public services but are also struggling to make them democratic and responsive to the people's needs and desires.
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Events

February 2015

International seminar: Public enterprises and development

The international seminar'Public enterprises and development: experiences, lessons and aims to open a space for in-depth discussion and exchange on national, regional and international cases.
May 2014

The Solidarity Economy Alternative

A round table discussion led by Vish Satgar, Michelle Williams and Hilary Wainwright, editor and contributor respectively, of The Solidarity Economy Alternative: emerging theory and practice.
May 2014

EU crisis policies put on trial

After six years of crisis and four years of new EU economic governance measures and Troika policies, it is high time to assess their devastating results. The Tribunal aims to analyse and expose the EU policy measures taken in response to the crisis, by presenting the social consequences of these measures in countries all over Europe.
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News

How Civil Society helped block World Bank to privatise water

19 February 2015
The announcement sent a collective sigh of relief to the water corporation staff and civil society activists. After months of negotiation on how to privatize the water supply in Lagos, between the World Bank and the Lagos Water Corporation, the bank has called off the talks.

Water privatisation: a worldwide failure?

3 February 2015
Lagos is among the many cities in the global south where investment in water supplies is desperately needed, yet there is no consensus on whether the answer lies with private management, the public sector, or a combination of both.

Rights groups urge ASEAN to break silence on enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone

15 December 2014
On the second anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, rights groups firmly condemn the Lao government’s ongoing refusal to provide any information regarding Sombath’s fate or whereabouts.
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