Public Services & Democracy publications

Our Public Water Future

Emanuele Lobina, Olivier Petitjean
April 2015
Book
Privatisation on the backfoot as new book shows that the growing wave of cities putting water back under public control has now spread to 37 countries impacting 100 million people.

Rethinking Corporatization and Public Services in the Global South

David McDonald
March 2015
Book
After three decades of privatization and anti-state rhetoric, government ownership and public management are back in vogue.

Organising workers’ Counter-power in Italy and Greece

Lorenzo Zamponi and Markos Vogiatzoglou
January 2015
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.

The Eve of De-Privatisation in Jakarta

January 2015
Report
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.

Here to stay: Water remunicipalisation as a global trend

Emanuele Lobina, Olivier Petitjean
November 2014
Report
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.

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

Sebastian Torres
April 2014
Book
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

March 2014
Report
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.

Doing away with ‘labour’

November 2013
Paper
Conventionally, the concept of ‘labour’ is understood as referring to waged labour – the capacity to labour as exercised through a market. It was precisely this narrow understanding of labour that the discussions in this stream challenged from several angles.

Notes for a political economy of creativity and solidarity

October 2013
Paper
How can society move towards forms of economic organisation that place human creativity, including a respectful relationship to nature, at their centre?

Privatising Europe

Joseph Zacune
March 2013
Paper
This working paper and infographic provide an overview of  a great ‘fire sale’ of public services and national assets across Europe that is providing profits for a few transnational companies but is often fiercely opposed by its citizens.
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